03 November 2009

Facing Exotic Northern Borneo

The population of Borneo consists mainly of Dayak ethnic groups, Malay, Banjar, Orang Ulu, Chinese and Kadazan-Dusun. The religion of the majority of the population is Muslim, and some indigenous groups continue to practice animism. Meanwhile, approximately 91% of the Dayak are Christian, a religion introduced by missionaries in the 18th century. In the interior of Borneo are the Penan, some of who still live as nomadic hunter-gatherers. Some coastal areas have marginal settlements of the Bajau (sea gypsies), who historically lived in a sea-oriented, boat-dwelling, nomadic culture.

Penan woman, street portrait, headshot, elongated earlobes, stretched earlobes, holes in earlobes, Borneo, Sarawak, Gunung Mulu National Park, Batu Bungan

Penan woman, street portrait, nose flute, mongurali, elongated earlobes, stretched earlobes, holes in earlobes, Borneo, Sarawak, Gunung Mulu National Park, Batu Bungan

Kelabit man, portrait, headshot, Kelabit straw hat, Borneo, Sarawak, Kelabit Highlands, Bario

old Rungus woman, street portrait, headshot, sunhat, Borneo, Sabah, Kota Belud

Kadazan woman, people, street portrait, East Malaysia, Borneo, Sabah, Kudat central market

Kadazan man, people, street portrait, headshot, Kadazan headgear, East Malaysia, Borneo, Sabah, Kudat central market

Sama-Bajau woman, Bajan Laut, east-coast Bajan, sea gypsies, sea nomads, portrait, headshot, burak, East Malaysia, Borneo, Sabah, Mabul Island

25 March 2009

Shopping at Kota Bharu's Market

The octagonal Central Market aka Pasar Besar, arguably the most amazing building in Kota Bharu in Malaysia, houses a colourful and active market with friendly Malay market women.

Malaysian Malay, Malay market woman, traditional Malay costume, baju kurung, Malay headscarf, tudung, portrait, West Malaysia, Kelantan, Kota Bharu market

Malaysian Malay, Malay market woman, traditional Malay costume, baju kurung, Malay headscarf, tudung, portrait, West Malaysia, Kelantan, Kota Bharu market

Malaysian Malay, Malay market woman, traditional Malay costume, baju kurung, Malay headscarf, tudung, portrait, West Malaysia, Kelantan, Kota Bharu market


Street portrait photographs of market women in Matt Hahnewald's

22 January 2009

Celebrating Ecstatic Thaipusam

Thaipusam is a Hindu festival celebrated mostly by the Tamil community on the full moon in the Tamil month of Thai. In Malaysia, the temple at Batu Caves, near Kuala Lumpur, attracts over one million devotees, many of them with body piercings that would make a surgeon cringe.

Thaipusam Festival; Malaysia; Kuala Lumpur; Batu Caves; ceremonial sacrifice; ceremonial offering; Tamil man; Hindu man; Malaysian Indian man; portrait; headshot

Thaipusam Festival, Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Batu Caves, kavadi attam, ceremonial sacrifice, ceremonial offering, Tamil man, Hindu man, Malaysian Indian man, street portrait

Thaipusam Festival, Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Batu Caves, kavadi attam, ceremonial sacrifice, ceremonial offering, Tamil man, Hindu man, Malaysian Indian man, street portrait, ritualised piercing, ritualised mutilation, self-mutilation

Thaipusam Festival, Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Batu Caves, kavadi attam, ceremonial sacrifice, ceremonial offering, Tamil woman, Hindu woman, Malaysian Indian woman, street portrait, ritualised piercing, ritualised mutilation, self-mutilation

Thaipusam Festival, Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Batu Caves, kavadi attam, ceremonial sacrifice, ceremonial offering, Tamil man, Hindu man, Malaysian Indian man, street portrait

Thaipusam Festival, Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Batu Caves, kavadi attam, ceremonial sacrifice, ceremonial offering, Tamil woman, Hindu woman, Malaysian Indian woman, street portrait, trance

Thaipusam Festival, Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Batu Caves, kavadi attam, ceremonial sacrifice, ceremonial offering, Tamil man, Hindu man, Malaysian Indian man, street portrait

Thaipusam Festival, Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Batu Caves, kavadi attam, ceremonial sacrifice, ceremonial offering, Tamil man, Hindu man, Malaysian Indian man, street portrait, ritualised piercing, ritualised mutilation, self-mutilation

Thaipusam Festival, Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Batu Caves, kavadi attam, ceremonial sacrifice, ceremonial offering, Tamil woman, Hindu woman, Malaysian Indian woman, street portrait, ritualised piercing, ritualised mutilation, self-mutilation

Thaipusam Festival, Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Batu Caves, kavadi attam, ceremonial sacrifice, ceremonial offering, Tamil man, Hindu man, Malaysian Indian man, street portrait, ritualised piercing, ritualised mutilation, self-mutilation


Street portrait photographs about Thaipusam in Matt Hahnewald's