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Steve Thomas

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Longhouse Lives

Published November 24th, 2012

Borneo is perhaps the most famous of all places when it comes to longhouses, its fascinating tribal and (former) headhunting culture have survived and thrilled for generations, and it's still alive and well - in certain areas (not the head-hunting).

Over the past decade or so I've been fortunate enough to travel extensively through the jungles and mountains of Sabah and Sarawak, the Malaysian half of Borneo. It's in the depths of these mysterious and dense jungles and along it's endless muddy waterways that you will find the last of the longhouses.

It's close to impossible to go into too much detail in a short blog post, as they're all very different, even within different tribal groups the look, feel, the culture and traditions vary dramatically - although each is in some way or another as interesting as the other.

Longhouses are basically long communal houses, almost like a huge terraced row of houses, with a longhouse-length communal living area in-front of the various family "apart ...

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