Tuesday, July 28, 2009

DARO, SARAWAK: CLOSE ENCOUNTER WITH THE ‘MANG’



This photo is not from the movie, which starred Richard Dreyfuss, Close Encounter of the Third Kind, but it was taken under a house in Daro.

It is actually a mound of earth built by a lobster-like creature called ‘mang’ in local lingo, as its home.
For reason(s) unknown, mang prefers his home nice and cool right under the stilted houses. So one is bound to see countless mang’s homes in the coastal villages in Sarawak.

Mang is edible and it is reputedly tastes like crab. Pretty much like protein is right under the house.

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