Monday, 28 January 2013

Brunei Country in Borneo Cultures

Brunei in Borneo Cultures

About Brunei Darussalam Culture, The Southeast Asian island of Borneo (Kalimantan) — third largest island in the world — has captivated the imagination of explorers and travellers for centuries with its alluring mix of indigenous culture and untamed rainforest.
Approximately 16 million people live on the island of Borneo, which is shared by Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei Darussalam.

Brunei in Borneo Cultures
The island's population is comparatively low for the region, owing largely to the fact that up until a few decades ago, Borneo was completely covered by dense rainforest with poor soil for agriculture.
This, combined with rugged terrain, unnavigable rivers and the fierce head-hunter reputation of its inhabitants, ensured that the island remained underdeveloped for many years, giving Borneo a legendary mystique as one of the most mysterious and exotic places on Earth.
For thousands of years, this image was fairly close to the truth. Borneo has been inhabited for at least 35,000 years, and life for many Borneans has changed little over the centuries.
Most people lived in harmony with nature, leading nomadic or semi-nomadic lifestyles, travelling over vast areas in search of wild boar and other products of the forest.


Brunei in Borneo Cultures

Around three thousand years ago, traders from other lands began to frequent Borneo, connecting the island to a larger trading network extending to China, India, and beyond.
Locals collected exotic products like bird's nests and sandalwood for trade abroad but otherwise, life went on as before.
Approximately 500 years ago, Islam arrived to the island, and a number of Muslim kingdoms were established, the largest of which was Brunei, which once controlled most of the northern coast.
The name Borneo is in fact derived from the name Brunei.

Brunei in Borneo Cultures

Today, Borneo is still home to thousands of indigenous ethnic minorities which add to the island’s diversity and local colour.
While Borneo is rapidly modernising, indigenous culture still thrives, evident in the many traditional longhouse communities that dot the landscape of Brunei and in the native handiworks and crafts they continue to produce.
Headhunting, however, is a pastime which thankfully has retreated into legend!

Source :
http://www.bruneitourism.com/

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