Cock-Fighting: The Dayak National Game…

on November 5, 2007 at 10:16 am | Reply Chgtmwr

Cock-Fighting: The Dayak National Game..

The so-called Dayak national game is cock-fighting.Why do dayaks like to play cock-fighting game? Should the game be abolished?

This “national” game started early- with the history of the Sea Dayak in the days of Keling, Laja, Bunga Jawa, Simpurai, Sengalang Burong and Sanggol Labong against Apai Sabit Bekait in the sky and Niram of the other world – Sebayan. It was because cock-fighting was started by our ancestors that we Dayaks knew all kinds of colouration in the fighting cocks.

Cock-fighting is a very favourite amusement of we Dayaks, and is indulged in to a great extent at our feasts.

And because cock-fighting is so important in connection with our custom and religion, in the days of our forefathers they usually once a year held a cock-fighting feast ( apart from Gawai Burong & Gawai Antu). This was done between the nebas and nebang seasons of the year. At this time men were free from farming work, clearing and cutting bushes and trees.

Also, as the cock fighting is closely parallel with the meaning of war spritually; the dayak war-leaders used to lead their followers on the warpath at this time of the year especially. RENONG SABONG sung on the eve on the annual cock-fighting is the same RENONG KAYAU sung on the night before going on the warpath.

In the RENONG KAYAU song, as Keling’s warriors from Panggau Libau Menoa Luchak Lunyau Kena Biau Jila Isang get ready to fight Apai Sabit Bekait and his fighters in the sky, the latter asks for the names of his enemy. They arrogantly tell him as follows: –

1. Aku tu Keling, manok biring sempidan arang (I am Keling, a dark brown cock after the coloration of the bird sempidan arang).

2.Aku tu Laja, Lau moa penyampu leka balang berang, Laja sigat serangkap panau jarang; Laja batik kelandik kaban dayang ( I am Laja, with burnt face, the smoker of the skulls balang berang; Laja sigat am I, whose skin is dotted with ringworm panau jarang; and I am Laja Batik who is forever praised by the maidens kaban dayang.

3. Aku tu Simpurai Munti-grai Lacham Di simbang, Patu aku Buloh Antu Lanting Tekejang; Bunga Nuing aku manok biring ka di sabong mali lenggang ( I am Simpurai Munti-Grai Lacham Di Simbang. I am Patu Buloh Antu Lanting Tekejang; and I am Bunga Nuing, a dark brown cock who has never lost any fight.

Because the origin of cock fighting is so important in the Iban culture and Religion-I do not urge it to abolished but instead :
– Make a proper place for it
– Make proper regulations
– No Children allowed
– limit other races at the Menalan
– Make cock fighting a recognise sport just like horse racing,
Car / motor racing etc,.

In order that cock-fighting continue as a national game, we should do it nicely and properly. It was originated by our earliest ancestors so that we can enjoy it in a good way.

Some Dayaks would foolishly bet RM6.00 against RM10.00. This behaviuor comes from ignorance and boasting.

Source: http://gnmawar.wordpress.com/main-asal-iban/nyabong/#comment-47650

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