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Friday, April 29, 2011

Terung Dayak@Terung Iban(Yellow Eggplant) from Sarawak.

 Some people named it Terung Iban in the most part of  Sarawak but in Kuching they refer it as "Terung Dayak" since the Bidayuh in Kuching also declared it as their very own Eggplant. the other name(.Terung asam,(Penisular Malaysia), african eggplant, aubergine gboma, anthora, antrua) and Botanical Name: Solanum macrocarpon.

TUN JUGAH once named it " Sarawak Apple" when he was introduced this Yellow Eggplant to British People..


TERUNG IBAN'S SOUP(YELLOW EGGPLANT/TERUNG DAYAK)

The origin
 This Yellow eggplant was originated from eggplant family from Africa but now cultivated or growing wild in the tropical country widely. 'TERUNG IBAN" leaves resemble the leaves of common EGGPLANT fruit is very small at the toes. When it mature this Yellow Eggplant turned  yellow with dark hair and smooth white in exterior part. In Malaysia and India  this yellow eggplant  used as a flavoring dishes, either mixed in a curry, vegetable and so on but in Sarawak it always mixed with "salai Ikan" to boil a soup!!

In fact, this Yellow Eggplant has a major impact in Iban Art especially in Tattoo Design  when an Iban People choose this"Terung Iban" Leaves as a  major TATTOO DESIGN..in Iban Tattoo..known as "BUNGAI TERUNG"(YELLOW EGGPLANT LEAVES) or BORNEO ROSE.(LINK)
 Iban Tattoo..known as 
"BUNGAI TERUNG"(YELLOW EGGPLANT LEAVES) 
Or BORNEO ROSE.(link)
BORNEO TATTOO:BUNGAI TERONG/TERUNG circa 1930s



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1) my Apai..his BUNGAI TERONG.
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7 comments:

Anonymous said...

This surely makes great sense to me.

Daniel said...

The iban's bungai terung tattoo isn't come originally from the iban. they had no knowledge of tattoo until they came into contact with the war like Kayans. The Kayan had 'dog's eye' motif on their shoulders. The ibans then borrowed the motif and name it bungai terung.

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