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Borneo: Preserving Dayak Culture

For Father Anyeq, the Dayak culture must be conserved because it has strong values in terms of relations with humans, God and the environment.

“We have to defend our cultural values such as family life, cooperation, solidarity, fraternity and harmony with nature,” said Father Anyeq, the former head of Samarinda Archdiocese’s socioeconomic commission.

He said these values are lived and practiced until today — for instance, the rituals when the Dayaks open fields or build houses. 

“My task as a priest is to maintain and apply customary norms in people’s daily life, and it is much in line with the spirit of Vatican II,” the priest said.

Source: UCANews

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