Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Bulan Paka Umik (The Month of the Rise of the Lesser Stars)

6:55 PM

Bulan Melanau.004


This month coincides with the month of June.


The Seven Sisters appear in the skies. The West Wind blows strong to arrange the stars in the sky. This marks the fourth month.


It is time for the Melanau to go to the jungle/forest and begin their work for the planting season. They will start to cut the big trees and vines as well as plant their crops. The farmers will continue their jungle clearing work until the beginning of the next month, Bulan Paka Ayeng (July).

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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