Deconstruction of traditional bunga terung tattoo and sequence of its application on Iban males of Sarawak and Kalimantan

Sonny anak Jumpo and Mohammad Puad Bebit (2019) Deconstruction of traditional bunga terung tattoo and sequence of its application on Iban males of Sarawak and Kalimantan.

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Abstract

Bunga Terung is a symbol synonymous with the Iban tribe of Borneo. This study is aimed to deconstruct the Bunga Terung based on Jacques Deridda’s Theory of Deconstruction and Ferdinand de Saussure’s Linguistic Unit comprising of Sign, Signified and Signifier. In Sarawak, the Bunga Terung is worn by Iban males who have attained puberty to signify entry into adulthood. There are varying practices on the sequence of application of the Bunga Terung between the Iban tribes of Sarawak and Kalimantan. An interesting observation regarding the sequence is the time the Bunga Terung is worn. In Sarawak, the Isi Ginti (fish hook) tattoo is worn first – pre-puberty, followed by the Bunga Terung, and the Pantang Rekung Leher (neck tattoo) before other tattoos for the back and the legs. In Kalimantan, the Bunga Terung is not worn if the Iban male has not gone ‘berjalai’. This study discusses two findings; the significance of the Bunga Terung; and the sequence of its application on the Iban Males of Sarawak and Kalimantan.

Item Type: Proceedings
Uncontrolled Keywords: Bunga terung , Iban tattoo , Borneo rossette , Iban Culture , Borneo tattoo
Subjects: D World History and History Of Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Etc. > DS Asia > DS1-937 History of Asia > DS520-560.72 Southeast Asia > DS591-599 Malaysia. Malay Peninsula. Straits Settlements > DS597.22-599 Local history and description > DS597.36-597.39 Sarawak
N Fine Arts > NC Drawing. Design. Illustration > NC1-1940 Drawing. Design. Illustration > NC760-825 Special subjects
Divisions: FACULTY > Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Heritage
Depositing User: DG MASNIAH AHMAD -
Date Deposited: 24 Aug 2021 15:47
Last Modified: 24 Aug 2021 16:32
URI: http://eprints.ums.edu.my/id/eprint/30252

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