A deconstruction of the traditional bunga terung tattoo and the sequence of its application among Iban men from Julau, Sarawak, Sungai Utik, and Sungai Sadap Putussibau Indonesia

Sonny anak Jumpo and Mohammad Puad Bebit (2020) A deconstruction of the traditional bunga terung tattoo and the sequence of its application among Iban men from Julau, Sarawak, Sungai Utik, and Sungai Sadap Putussibau Indonesia. Journal of Borneo Social Transformation Studies (JOBSTS), 6. pp. 77-86. ISSN 2462-2095

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Abstract

Bunga terung is a symbol synonymous with the Iban ethnic group in Borneo. This study is aimed to deconstruct the bunga terung based on Ferdinand de Saussure's Linguistic Unit comprising of Sign, Signified, and Signifier. In Sarawak, the bunga terung is worn by Iban men 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 of Sarawak and Kalimantan. An interesting observation regarding the sequence is the time the bunga terung is worn. In Sarawak, the isi ginti (fishhook) 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 men from Sarawak.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Iban tattooing , Bunga terung , Male rites of passage , Semiotics
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
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GT Manners and customs > GT1-7070 Manners and customs (General) > GT495-499 Human body and its parts. Personal beauty
Divisions: FACULTY > Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities
Depositing User: SITI AZIZAH BINTI IDRIS -
Date Deposited: 27 Oct 2021 16:00
Last Modified: 27 Oct 2021 16:00
URI: http://eprints.ums.edu.my/id/eprint/30856

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