Iban Journey by Golda Mowe
Author: Golda Mowe
New Pb264 pp.
Subjects: Sarawak, Fiction
Publisher: Monsoon Books
A curse hangs over Nuing’s life. He may be the youngest son of the great headhunter Bujang Maias, but he is rejected by his longhouse community. When the people’s fear of him becomes unbearable, Nuing leaves them together with his best friend Gunggu. Nuing and Gunggu wander the land until they eventually meet and are accepted by a group of travellers made up of cursed individuals. Soon after, however, the worst possible scourge befalls Nuing when he kills a demon huntsman. Follow this Iban traveller as he experiences the hidden world of Iban spirits and gods in his quest to find a way to defeat an army of Antu Gerasi hell-bent on revenge.
Iban Journey is a work of fantasy fiction based on the folklore and existing superstitions of the Ibans of Sarawak. This much-anticipated follow-up to Iban Dream is in itself a journey into the customs and taboos of a rainforest culture. Many of these fears continue to exist today.
Born and raised in Sarawak on the island of Borneo to an Iban mother and Melanau father, Golda Mowe has always been interested in the culture and traditions of Borneo’s indigenous people. After graduating from university in Japan and enduring ten years of corporate life, the author found herself yearning for childhood evenings spent in the longhouse, sitting in a pool of lamplight, listening to her great-aunt tell tales of jungle animals or her father recount his hunting adventures. In this way she was led back to writing and is now living in Sibu, a town on the Rejang River in Sarawak, where she expends large portions of her time researching ideas for books and short stories.