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Get to know the Bidayuh people, the “land owners a.k.a “Land Dayak” of Borneo

The Bidayuhs accounted for one tenth the population of Sarawak, living mostly in the west end of Borneo, in the area of Bau and Serian, just half an hour drive from Kuching.

Long time ago, other tribes as well as Malays from the Malay archipelago settle in the Sarawak, thus the Bidayuhs decided to migrate and make new settlement in the hills thus they were called “land owners” or better known as “Land Dayaks”. The word “Bidayuh” means “land people” in their language including the Biatah and Singai dialect.

The Bidayuh creates a roundhouse or better known as the “Baruk” that is around one and a half meter from the ground and it serves as the meeting house for the settlement’s community. The Bidayuh traditionally live in a longhouse, where many families will live in its multiple rooms, as a community.

Best of all, the Bidayuhs are known for their hospitality, making visitors feel welcome in their homes and learning their culture.  They are known as for making “tuak”, or rice wine, as well as “arak tonok”, a type of moonshine.

Nowadays, the Bidayuhs speak either English or Malay as their main language, and adopted the religion Christian and Islam.