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Niah - The Painted Cave

Niah - The Painted Cave

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The Painted Cave I Birds Nests I Wildlife and The Rainforest


Shortly after the Moon Cave, the plankwalk emerges into daylight and a short pathway through the forest leads to the Painted cave. This is the site of the Famous Niah cave paintings and the place where the 'death-ships' were found. The contents of the death-ships have since been transferred to the Sarawak Museum, but the cave paintings and some of the empty death-ships can still be viewed on the wall behind the fenced-off burial site.

The painting can be difficult to see unless you allow your eyes to become accustomed to the light. They are rendered in red hematite and cover a long narrow strip (approximately 30m) at the back of the cave wall. They portray spread-eagled human figures, probably representing warriors and hunters, some of the animals of the surrounding forest, and - most importantly - longboats carrying the souls of the souls of the deceased on the dangerous journey to the land of the dead.

Although the burial site at the Painted Cave is far more recent than those at the Great Cave, It is no less important as it offers a clear insight into the development of the traditional religions of Borneo. It is worth spending some time at the Painted Cave, as the atmosphere of the place is very tranquil and relaxing. It is easy to understand why Niah's earlier inhabitants felt it was a suitable resting place for their ancestors.

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