Thursday, October 21, 2010
Amazing Roots, and Ancient Burials in Borneo
Near the tree, on top of the rock, there were some ancient burial caskets. Bornean Ironwood (a very hard wood) logs were hollowed out, and inside the body was placed along with weapons - the blow dart used for poison dart hunting. Supposedly the higher the casket was placed the higher in the society a leader was placed. We saw the remains of one casket on which the carving was still evident, and the tools were still visable inside. However, the body was no longer there - supposedly the casket rolled down from above at some point and no one knows what happened to the contents. According to our guide, it would have taken at least 50 men to carry the casket up through the forest to where it had been, the highest point in the forest. Since it was not an easy climb, I didn't envy that experience.