IBAN AUGURY – 7. THE MYTHOLOGICAL ORIGINS OF AUGURY

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

Betawai

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.

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