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The Muli Ke Buah Ceremony of the Dayak Seberuang: Symbolism and Meaning Behind the Tradition of Human-Nature Balance

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The Enchanting Tradition of Muli Ke Buah Ceremony: Unveiling the Meaning and Symbolism Behind the Slaughter of Chickens and Pigs

The Muli Ke Buah Ceremony is a tradition rich in meaning and symbolism among the Dayak Seberuang community. Each stage is filled with cultural and spiritual richness worth exploring.

In this ceremony, the preparation begins with a prayer led by a traditional leader, indicating the sanctity and honor of the process. One of the interesting moments is the slaughter of chickens and pigs. The first blood that flows is directed into a bamboo stalk, while the rest is sprinkled onto the “pentik” arranged neatly.

The pentik itself is a replica of a human being composed of kumpang wood, mealiali, petabat, and various other types of local fruit wood. More than just a replica, the pentik has a deep meaning. It symbolizes humans who are tasked with escorting the ‘spirit of the fruit’ back to its origin after the harvest season ends. This symbolism reflects the cycle of life and the interconnectedness between humans, nature, and spirits.

Through the slaughter and symbolism of the pentik, the Muli Ke Buah ceremony serves not only as a tribute to the produce of the land but also teaches about the interconnectedness between humans and nature, as well as the importance of maintaining ecosystem balance. This tradition is not only visually captivating but also provides a profound understanding of the values of life and the relationship between humans and their surrounding nature. In every detail, the Muli Ke Buah ceremony teaches about spiritual awareness and the interconnectedness that every individual must maintain with their environment.

Relung Indonesia also supports efforts to preserve traditions like the Muli Ke Buah ceremony. Through programs that prioritize regeneration and resilience, Relung Indonesia is committed to maintaining ecosystem balance and promoting harmonious relationships between humans and nature.

The Muli Ke Buah ceremony is a real example of how indigenous communities can maintain traditions that are in harmony with nature, while also conveying an important message about sustainability to the younger generation. Relung Indonesia sees the importance of documenting and promoting these traditions so that they can continue to live on and inspire environmental conservation.

Through collaboration with local communities, Relung Indonesia continues to support activities that strengthen ecological and cultural awareness. In doing so, the Muli Ke Buah ceremony and similar traditions can continue to be a source of inspiration in maintaining harmony between humans and nature. For more information about Relung Indonesia’s activities and initiatives in cultural and environmental preservation, visit our website or follow our social media accounts. Together, we can realize a vision of a harmonious and dynamic relationship between humans and nature.



“The indigenous community teaches us to live in harmony with nature and fellow humans. Let’s maintain harmony and peace together.”


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