Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Bulan Paka Ayeng (The Month of the Rise of the Greater Stars)

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Photo by : EarthSky


This month coincides with July. 


The Seven Sisters rise high in the sky and the Three Stars appear lower in the sky. The wind is of gale force.This marks the fifth month.


All farming and fishing activities ceases totally for the whole of this month as it is not possible for them to go out to the jungle or to sea due to the strong winds. This will last until the month of Pelepak (August) or the sixth month.

source: Disappearing culture

The calendar is a translation from handwritten notes of the ancient calendar given by the late Godfrid Albert Yaman @ Yaman bin Guan, who was also the founder of the Melanau Associations throughout Sarawak.

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