Wrestling bears before breakfast...
A random excerpt from Sarawak Gazette dated 2 June 1884:"Aban Jau sent down a letter...to inform me that the wife of his son Tama Long has lately died, and that according to custom Tama Long will go on ulit either up the Tinjar or the head of Baram. I must not say another day that I was not told. Wants some white paint and writes whoever passes Tama Long's house in order to trade upriver must pay a tetawak [large gong]."This was more like Tama Long ASKING the permission from the colonial District Officer (named de Crespigny) to go headhunt [ulit] and DEMAND that the government must not interfere with his customs. :-)
damn... that's awesome to find out the real meaning behind a seemingly courteous request...I tell you Langkau there're a few hundred great stories to be told in Sarawak man. Make that a thousand when you include your (mis)adventures ! :P
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