Tabi basa agai samoa,
Nama kabuah Gawai Burong tu dikumbai Gawai Amat/Asal as stated in 3 sources below?
Is it because Gawai Burong is the first type of gawai celebrated by the Ibans?
(1997) Compiled by Robert Menua Saleh.
Published by The Tun Jugah Foundation.
Paperback, 617 p.
Contains full texts of varieties of ritual incantations. Written in classical Iban. Timang is all about the invitations and arrivals of the principal spirit guests at major ritual festivals proper (Gawai Amat/Asal) and dream rituals (Gawai Mimpi) organized by the Iban who are still observing their traditional beliefs.
Renung Nama’ka Tuah is a song sung during numerous ritual festivals proper (Gawai Amat/Asal)and dream rituals (Gawai Mimpi) for welcoming possessions and riches brought into the family by deities through material manifestations of spiritual blessings.
The Ibans still hold various religious ceremonies to appease the spirits, says Dr. Masing, who has studied Iban mythology. He says that in the old days the gawai amat ritual (also called gawai burong) was held to ask the spirits for success in warfare and headhunting.
The fourth is called gawai amat (named so by Ibans in Baleh district) or gawai burong (original name from the Saribas and Batang Lupar area). Under this category there are nine types of ritual starting with the biggest one called gawai kenyalang (hornbill rites).