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State of Sarawak Local Customs: 7 reviews and 12 photos

  Penan settlement
by kyoub

The Penan, like other nomadic hunter-gatherers, enjoy an egalitarian society. There are no social classes. There is no wealth or poverty, and all food is shared. Each band has a headman who acts as a spokesperson but wields no power. Although certain tasks are reserved for men and others for women, there is no obvious sexual inequality, and neither sex exercises coercion over the other. Both men and women are gentle and soft-spoken. Outsiders who observe them are invariably struck by the complete absence of violence among the Penan.

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  • Written Jul 17, 2005
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