THE ANTIDOTE Sarawak natives are famed for their hospitality. A hungry traveller in rural Sarawak will almost invariably find a host village willing to take him in, and feed and shelter him for the night.
In local mythology, Keling, a demigod and idealised warrior emulated by Iban men, has a penchant for bejalai , the tradition of wandering the earth. Keling often appears to longhouses as a stranger, in human likeness.
Villagers providing a gracious welcome are showered with blessings, while the converse is true for those who turn the stranger away.