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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

"Moon- Faced beauty":The Melanau Forehead Flattening ...

MELANAU BEAUTY QUEEN-KAUL FESTIVAL 2013
“Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.” 
Each of us has our own interpretation & experience of Beauty.so......
"BEAUTY IS IN THE EYE OF THE BEHOLDER"
A Moon- Faced considered Beautiful......?
PAIN BUT BEAUTIFUL.."Moon- Faced beauty" 
The MELANAU  FOREHEAD FLATTENING (PELEPERAN DAHI) CUSTOM-(MELIPIH BELEANG)
The flattening process took place within the first month after birth. An apparatus known as "Tadal" or "Ja" is utilized for this purpose. A "Tadal"(Dalat) or "Jak"(Mukah) or "Apih"(Medong) consists of a stout flat wooden bar about 24 cm long and 9 cm wide. On the middle part of the bar is fastened with a soft pad which applied to the infants' forehead. A strap made of soft cloth in a T-Shape and is attached with a pair of strings which pass through holes at both end of the bar. The strings are brought together on the front of the bar and pass through the centre of a copper coin or a wooden disc at the middle of the bar.The apparatus is applied while the child is asleep and is at once relaxes if the child waken up or cries. The degree of pressure is gradually applied by twisting the coin round and round. The application normally last for 15 minutes on each occasion but in successive days. Depending on the pressure, 10 to 20 application seems to suffice to bring about the desired effect of a moon-like face which is most admired
Source- Edmund Kurui, Tuton Kaboy, Sarawak Museum Journal n Vol XL No. 61.
TRADITIONAL MELANAU BORNEO BEAUTY: "Moon- Faced"..
The MELANAU  FOREHEAD FLATTENING
(PELEPERAN DAHI)
 
CUSTOM-
(MELIPIH BELEANG)
The MELANAU  FOREHEAD FLATTENING (PELEPERAN DAHI) 
CUSTOM-(MELIPIH BELEANG)

A MOON FACED fits well in SEREBANG
PEOPLE 'S MUSEUM-MALACCA
The MELANAU  FOREHEAD FLATTENING
(PELEPERAN DAHI)
 
CUSTOM-
(MELIPIH BELEANG)

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