|During the Final - Kumang Gawai Dayak Beauty Pageant @Borneo Hornbill Festival 2011(23rd July 2011-Saturday Nite) at Malaysia Tourism Centre -MATIC,Jalan Ampang Kuala Lumpur,Malaysia..after last year Kumang Beauty Pageant @Borneo Hornbill Festival 2010(click here). ..& this annual festival is a fest to preserve Dayak ethnic culture from East Malaysia(Sabah & Sarawak),Borneo in Peninsular Malaysia.(Malaya)|
Kumang-The Mother Goddess of the Ibans(Sea Dayak/Dyak of Borneo)
"In the ancient days, it was believed that Kumang possessed the mystical power and it was said that she's the fairest maiden that she had captured the heart of the prince, 'Keling'. Kumang was every man's dream, she's a domestic Goddess too. She can weave the 'Pua Kumbu' and she was able to handle the house chores and it is every parents dream that their girls will possess Kumang's good qualities."
This traditional Kumang Gawai competition normal held in Sarawak,Borneo before The Harvest Festival (Gawai Dayak) in June annually but after the year 2009 since its last introduced by Persatuan Warisan Sarawak KL & Selangor and its become an annual event under BORNEO HORNBILL FESTIVAL KL and held July annually at Malaysia Tourism Centre ,Jalan Ampang,Kuala Lumpur,Malaysia.
It is a traditional beauty pageant competition searching for a girl that is not only beautiful, brilliant, kind and with an image of perfect woman like KUMANG.
She also should have a deep understanding about their custom and tradition. This competition is very different from modern beauty pageant where the contestants parade in evening gown or posing in two piece bikini. Contestant in Kumang Gawai will only parade in their traditional costume.
Kumang Gawai Line up (1st row)-Iban (Sea Dayak/Dyak) Category@Borneo Hornbill Festival KL 2011
|Kumang Gawai Line up (2nd row)-Iban (Sea Dayak/Dyak) Category@Borneo Hornbill Festival KL 2011|
|Kumang Gawai Line up (3rd row)-Iban (Sea Dayak/Dyak) Category@Borneo Hornbill Festival KL 2011|
|The Winner:Veeky (Click here-LINK) (centre) flanked by Sandy (1st runner up)& Kavitha(2nd runner up)|
Kumang Gawai -Iban (Sea Dayak/Dyak) Category@Borneo Hornbill Festival KL 2011
|The winners for Kumang/Keligit/Keling@Borneo Hornbill Festival 2012(CLICK LINK)|
Keligit-Orang Ulu Category@Borneo Hornbill Festival KL 2011.
Kumang-bidayuh vs Dayung Bidayuh.