Samalantan Landscape House, Place of Dayak Religious Activities

Helloindonesia.id – This house is a place to hold religious activities and traditional ceremonies in dango when the harvest season arrives. This is the Samalantan landscape house, a kind of stilt house built 120 feet deep embedded directly into the ground.

Samalantan’s span house is located between the Bengkayang-Singkawang Province lines. The location of the building is about 300 meters from the Provincial Road precisely in Samalantan District, Bengkayang Regency. Heading to the Bentang house, you will be welcomed by a statue of a hornbill that is rescued. Just across from the span house is a house as a community meeting hall. To be able to go up, you must pass the main stairs, or stairs that are on the left and right side of the house.

Samalantan Landscape House
Samalantan Landscape House

Samalantan landscape house structure

Samalantan’s span house has four rooms, 2 rooms to the left and 2 rooms to the right. In the middle of the house there is a family room that separates 4 rooms. In the room of the house, many Dayak motifs on the walls are made of wood. In addition, there are some jars being on each of the supporting poles and wooden statues placed near the main stairs.

Next to the entrance to the Bentang house, there is a small wall that reads Adil Katalino Bacaramin Kasurga, Basengat Ka Jubata. The first sentence has a meaning, is fair to fellow human beings on earth and always looks and reflects in heaven. The second sentence that all who are in this world are given breath and life from God Almighty. These principles are held firmly by the Dayak community.

Samalantan Landscape House
Samalantan Landscape House

The Bahtang House (span) was inaugurated on 27 April 1996 by the Regent of Sambas at that time. At that time Singkawang and Bengkayang were still in the same area as Sambas Regency. The span house is a place for religious ceremonies and traditional ceremonial events when the harvest season arrives. The position of the span house is at the foot of the hill and around it looks a vast expanse of rice fields and behind it there are large trees that provide its own natural feel.

Before heading to the span house, on the left side of the road, you are presented with a view of a small pond and a statue of Nek Ramaga. According to history, Nek Ramaga was one of the community leaders who lived in a village called Pakana Bahana, upstream of the Mempawah River. He lives as a forest gatherer and was appointed as a leader by the villagers. Because of its sacredness, the statue of Nek Ramaga was given a small jar, as a place for offerings for Dayak residents.

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