Monday, February 19, 2018

Tikasuom / Tobah / Kau'

Tikasuom (pronounced as Ti-ka-suom)

Tobah (pronounced as To-bah)

Kau' (pronounced as Kau') - the apostrophe sound almost 'k'

These are nouns words having almost similar meaning to one another for fermented meat, fish, and vegetable especially.

Tikasuom and Kau' are use for fermented meat or fish

Fermented fish are called "Tikasuom Ikien" or "Kau' Ikien"

Wild boar fermented meat are called "Tikasuom Doot" or "Kau' Doot"

Tikasuom and Tobah also can be used for fermented vegetable

Fermented Chinese watercress is called "Tikasuom Makong" or "Tobah Makong"

You the similarity although there are slight differences. The Bijagoi dialect does not follow certain rule as long as it deliver the intention then it's fine. In fact sometimes despite the word Tikasuom and Kau' are mainly used for meat they also use Tobah as alternative but they are all understandable words which generally means "fermented"

Subi podos and osoh

Subi (pronounced as Su-bee) - is a noun for ant /ants. It works for both singular and plural noun.

Specifically there are few different type of ants as follow:

1. Subi Podos - black ants that inhabit the rain forest, it size usually larger than the common ants. The unique characteristic of the "Subi Podos" is the strong jaw that could bite / peel off skins and it is very painful getting bitten by them. Although it does not carry venom but its vicious jaw is strong enough if bitten by one - not to say two or more would be unimaginable pain.

2. Osoh (pronounced as O-soh) - is the red ants army that we commonly encounter in our back yard or trees. It has strong jaw as well and carry acid pouch in the stomach. The picture describe how the Osoh looks like.

There are many other species I couldn't remember how they call it and what it looks like anymore.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017


Tatong (pronounce as Ta-tong) - is an adjective for clear vision or making it obviously seen. For example a small wound cut that is less visible becoming very obvious after its getting worse - people could say very clear to see. "Tatong mun nyek kilin towan eh noh" - loosely translated as Very obvious to see the wound cut.

Sbokang / Sibokang

Sbokang or Sibokang (pronounce as Si-bo-kang) is rattan that is join in circle shape and is used as the backbone support of rattan baskets. Because the basked are weaved using smaller pliable rattan it is unable to support itself when carrying heavy objects. Therefore a bigger rattan is used to provide  greater support to the structure,

Sunday, June 4, 2017


Um'muont (pronounced as Um'muont) is a noun for herbal medication that is used to remove babies umbilical cord naturally. The elder's convincingly belief that it is one of the most potent and essential medicine in Bijagoi cultural belief.

They said it is very true that when the ashes of the "Um'muont" is rubbed to the baby umbilical cord and it will be naturally and quickly remove compare to modern medicine.  It is one of the most undisputed belief and I have not know any of the elderly people deny it's effectiveness.

Unfortunately I am still seeking the picture of this object / plant how it looks.

Kimanai / Kinamai

Kimanai (pronounced as Ki-ma-nai) - is a noun of a tree stem that has been smoked to dry under fire heat over time. It turns to black. This is a tree stem with mythical belief that could cure fear or chased away ghost when it is burnt into ashes. This is sound very superstitious and merely based on belief - but for I've listen from the story of the elders all of them claimed that there is significant effect of using it until it comes to the point i have to believe it as well.

This is how it looks - the black color of the stem because it has been smoked on everyday heat over time.


Ngajua (pronounced as Nga-jua) - is a verb of an action to walk on toes. Just a ballet dancer dance on their toes - the picture below illustrate exactly an action of "ngajua"

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