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Ajat Temuai Datai Dance, Adopted from the Mualang Dayak Language

Holiday Ayo - One of the Dayak culture that is still maintained and preserved is the Ajat Temuai Datai Dance. This dance was adopted from the Dayak Mualang language, a sub-ethnic of the Iban Dayak group.

Literally, the name of this dance can not be interpreted per word, but the Mualang Dayak people make this dance a dance to welcome guests.

In West Kalimantan, the Ajat Temuai Datai dance is now a dance to welcome state guests. Often, this dance is also played when tourists visit the Mualang Dayak village in West Kalimantan.

As cited from kalbariana, in the past, the Ajat Temuai Datai Dance was not considered a sacred dance. In the Mualang Dayak village, this dance is only for the Great Guest, namely the heroes who return from the battlefield. War was the custom of the Mualang Dayak people, they fought for power.

source: seringjalan

They do it on the basis of a power struggle. They are considered heroes if they are able to bring home the enemy's head. For them, the decapitation of a human head is a testament to victory.

Because it is believed, the enemy's head can strengthen the soul of the winner and guard the entire Mualang Dayak Tribe. And as an expression of joy, they held a welcoming ceremony with the Ajat Temuai Datai Dance.

As cited from seringjalan, Mancung Buloh, means slashing the mandau (machete) to cut the bamboo. The bamboo was deliberately spread out to cover the entrance to the rumahpanjang and the guests had to slash the mandau. It is symbolized as being free from obstacles that hinder the guest's journey.

Nijak Batu, This process puts the heel when it touches a stone that has been immersed in prepared water. This is symbolized as the strong determination and high dignity of the guest as a respected hero. Then, the water in the stone bath is dripped on the guest's head as a symbol of the strength and strength of the spirit for the welcomed guest or the hero.

Tama Balik, This process is the process of entering the rumahpanjang. This is also the final process of the welcoming process. After the previous process is complete, guests are allowed to go up to the rumahpanjang to purify themselves in a ceremony called Mulai Burung or restoring the spirit of war or exorcising evil spirits.

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