But this event is also a symbol of the brotherhood that now binds the Chinese Hakka and the Dayak tribes, after decades of civil wars and assassinations. The spirits of Kaharingan, the ancestral religion of Borneo, invade the streets along with the Taoist colleagues, joining in fact two metaphysical universes.
day 1 - prayers or riots?
The fifteenth day of the Chinese New Year is approaching, it will conclude the celebrations for the new year.
And here, in this Taoist Chinese majority town it is still alive an ancient tradition. The streets must be metaphysically cleaned to be ready to welcome the new year, on the fourteenth day of the Chinese New Year believers go to pray in all the temples of the city and surroundings. The Chinese settled here more than three hundred years ago, as miners and traders, and had become Indonesian citizens since generations.
Singkawang is nicknamed the "city of a thousand temples" and really has a thousand temples, large, small and microscopic.
On the fifteenth day, the Tatung, as they are called in Indonesia, are possessed by the spirits and, in a trance, sit on sharp blades and pierce their faces with various tools.