Southeast Asian Mythology

The Gods of Indonesia, Bali and Thailand...


Iban and Ngaju Protection fabulous creature

Also known as Kenyalang, Tenyalang

This is the Rhinoceros Hornbill bird of the Golden Mountains

A messenger of Sengalang Burong, he seems to be in charge of the Tree of Life from which this tribe came into existence.

Rhinoceros Hornbills have a very strange mating strategy which involves entombment of the female in a tree-trunk for thirty-odd days.

The Ngaju’s death rites follow a similar pattern — the dead spent a month locked away before their souls are allowed to fly off to Heaven. Tambarinang is there to offer his support and provide protection against evil spirits.

Tambarinang Facts and Figures

Name: Tambarinang
Pronunciation: Coming soon
Alternative names: Kenyalang, Tenyalang

Gender: Male
Type: fabulous creature
Area or people: Iban and Ngaju people of Borneo
Celebration or Feast Day: Unknown at present

In charge of: Protection
Area of expertise: Protection

Good/Evil Rating: NEUTRAL, may not care
Popularity index: 1906

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Article last revised on May 05, 2019 by the Godchecker data dwarves.
Editors: Peter J. Allen, Chas Saunders

References: Coming soon.

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