• Short Summary

    BRITISH GURKHA FORCES DEFENDING MALAYSIAN BORNEO AGAINST INDONESIAN CONFRONTATION CELEBRATED DASHERA, A RELIGIOUS FESTIVAL ON MONDAY (OCTOBER 4).

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    BRITISH GURKHA FORCES DEFENDING MALAYSIAN BORNEO AGAINST INDONESIAN CONFRONTATION CELEBRATED DASHERA, A RELIGIOUS FESTIVAL ON MONDAY (OCTOBER 4).THE FESTIVAL WAS IN HONOUR OF DURGA - THE GODDESS OF WAR.

    AS MOST OF THE GURKHAS ARE POSITIONED IN FORWARD AREAS ALONG THE 900-MILE SARAWAK BORDER, THE GOATS USED AS SACRIFICIAL OFFERINGS TO THE GODDESS, HAD TO BE FLOWN OUT OF BRUNEI, A BRITISH PROTECTED SULTANATE, NORTHWEST OF SARAWAK TO THE FORWARD POSITIONS.ROYAL AIR FORCE AIRCRAFT WERE USED TO TRANSPORT THE ANIMALS THERE.

    THIS CEREMONY WAS FILMED AT A BORDER POSITION IN BARIO, NORTHERN SARAWAK, NOT FAR FROM THE INDONESIAN BORDER.THIS GURKHA CAMP WAS GAILY DECORATED FOR THE FESTIVAL.A MULTI-COLOURED ARCHWAY WAS ERECTED AT THE ENTRANCE TO THE CAMP.

    AN ALTAR ON THE GROUND MARKED THE SPOT WHERE THE GOATS WERE TO BE SLAUGHTERED WITH A SINGLE STROKE OF THE KUKRI -- A SACRED GURKHA SWORD.ONE GOAT AT A TIME, OF COURSE.DOVES WERE ALSO SACRIFICED TO THE GODDESS.IT IS AT THIS CEREMONY THAT A GURKHA GETS A CHANCE TO SHOW HIS SKILL WITH THE SWORD.AT EACH SUCCESSFUL STROKE HE IS REWARDED WITH LOUD APPLAUSE FROM HIS COLLEAGUES.BUT IF THIS PROVES OTHERWISE, IT MEANS EVIL WILL BEFALL ON HIM.

    AT THE END OF THE CEREMONY, THE SLAUGHTERED GOATS AND DOVES WERE COOKED AND ALL SAT TO A SUMPTUOUS DINNER.AMONG THE GUESTS WERE SEVERAL BRITISH, AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND SOLDIERS WHO, TOGETHER WITH THE GURKHAS, ARE DEFENDING THIS FORWARD POSITION.

    THE FIRST DAY OF THE 10-DAY FESTIVAL ENDED WITH A GURKHA WAR DANCE.THE PARTICIPANTS WERE MEN DRESSED IN WOMEN'S OUTFIT.THEIR FAMILIES WERE FLOWN OUT OF THEIR QUARTERS IN KUCHING AND NEIGHBOURING BRUNEI TO PARTICIPATE IN THE CEREMONY.

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    Film ID:
    VLVABL80IZQEJ7WRCOKY61AWIP41O
    Media URN:
    VLVABL80IZQEJ7WRCOKY61AWIP41O
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    06/10/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:33:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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