Huge Hardwood Hampatong Figure from the Dayak Ngadju or Ot Danum peoples- Borneo

Huge Hardwood Hampatong Figure from the Dayak Ngadju or Ot Danum peoples- Borneo

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Huge Hardwood Hampatong Figure from the Dayak Ngadju or Ot Danum peoples- Borneo

Like many of Borneo's indigenous peoples, the Ngadju and Ot Danum erect human or animal figures near the entrances to their dwellings and along footpaths leading from their villages to the river. Known collectively as Hampatong, some figures portray ancestors and other supernatural guardians who prevent dangerous spirits, particularly those bringing sickness, from entering the community.