PART 2 IBAN AUGURY
7. THE MYTHOLOGICAL ORIGINS OF AUGURY
The Iban pay careful attention to the behaviour of birds and animals for their actions are thought to convey warnings, guidance, or foretell future occurrences. Particularly important are the flight and calls of the augural birds. Bird omens are associated by the Iban with the most powerful of all their gods, Sengalang Burong, who is believed to have principal charge over prophetic communication between the deities and mankind. For this reason, it is necessary to begin this study of augury with an account of the mythological traditions that surround Sengalang Burong, as these traditions are a major source of Iban belief relating to augury and account in part for the significant place it holds in Iban life. The augural birds are Sengalang Burong’s followers, and it is through Sengalang Burong’s teaching of Sera Gunting described in this chapter that knowledge of augury is believed to have been acquired by the Iban.
THE FAMILY OF SENGALANG BURONG
Bini Sengalang Burong sakit
Menjaya Bebangun ulih Ini Inda
6 iko Anak indu Sengalang Burong
7 burung mali Iban ba Tansang Kenyalang
– Pangkas, Beragai, Ketupong, Sengalang Burong, Bejampong, Embuas, Kelabu Papau, Nendak
DARA TINCHIN TEMAGA MARRIES MENGGIN
MENGGIN AND SERA GUNTING IN SINGALANG BURONG’S HOUSE
MENGGIN AND SERA GUNTING RETURN HOME
SERA GUNTING’S VISIT TO SENGALANG’S HOUSE
Burung bumai – tambak burung
Burong Rama, Omens that Guide Daily Conduct.