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Iban Ways: Ritual to make peace with spirits

Traditional Dayak spiritual ritual

Location

Indonesia

Released

January 2020

Duration

6:28

Tags
  • Ancestral Knowledge
  • Culture
  • Indigenous Made Film
  • Indonesia
  • youth

Sickness regularly struck a family in the Dayak Iban community of Sungai Utik in West Kalimantan. After speaking to the local shaman the community made ‘bedara’ an offering and  pardoning ritual to divert the spirit path that ran beneath the family’s house that was making them sick. 

Apai Gajah talks us through the different steps of the ritual as we watch the community come together for ‘bedara’. The family have had no health complaints since.

Indigenous communities have a close connection to the land including spiritual beliefs that often mean they don’t see nature as a resource to be commodified.

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