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After drinking and dancing, I wanted to show you the inside of a Iban Long House.

A Long House is the single building where the people of an Iban settlement lives, it can contain up to 50 families in one building, with as many doors inside as there are families (see doors on the right side).

This is the common lobby of the LongHouse, where everyone, human or pet, live, sing, dance and of course drink Tuak (I'm not sure pets drink Tuak though). This is also where the heads were hung and stocked (sorry eelliot305, didn't find the heads, forbidden in M'sia).
It's like a long but wide corridor, the family rooms are only used for private eating, cooking, bathing and sleeping. Only pets and unmarried young men sleep in the lobby.

Like any animist would, Ibans believe the Longhouse and the river have a soul, the windows of the lobby are the eyes of the building, they should look at the river, it would be very impolite to show the Longhouse butt to the river, wouldn't it?
Ibans are the first ethnic group of Sarawak weighing 30% of the population more than muslims for instance. Though most of them are becoming Christians (Islam is too hard for them because it wouldn't allow drinking Tuak..) the Batang Ai National Park still host some of the most traditional Iban tribes as well as wild Orang Utangs. (unfortunately I didn't see any, even after lots of tuak).

If you followed my serie you will remember the Tuak bottle (family pack) on the lower left corner, a tuak drinker leaning to wall on the left side, my colleague feathery dancer in the center and in the background a "musician" playing gongs. Right side are some pets I've never been presented too, there were also cocks and hens, but they didn't want to be in the picture.

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