In the superior part of the Alai River there are various small villages, located half a day walk between them and one or two days till the two wheel road. The roads here are split as it follows – the large roads, the two wheels roads and the woods roads.
People here are known as dayaks. Here it is hard to locate a person as they call their names by the name of their children – as in – Pa’ X for men and Uma X for women; X being one of their children’s names. Those that do not have children yet are known as paman or bibi. The children are called adik- as in younger brother or kakak – as in older brother.
All the people here believe in spirits – the spirits are of different kind here – there are the usual spirits, the ghosts and the gods. Moreover, there are as well spirits of the dead people and spirits of the alive ones. All of them should be paid the proper respect.
These spirits often go inside one that is sick or tired and take charge over you. On Meratus they have clear paths on the top of the mountains, near the springs, caves or very big trees. On the Halau Halau Laki, there are the alive people spirits and on the Halau Halau Bini, the dead people spirits. Even if you may not believe it, they exist and the inhabitants of this island strongly believer in them.
Apart from this the woods is quiet, comfortable one may say. One will not face the swamps, the dirt and many such things. Anyhow, a real problem for these woods is the animal traps. If you are not a local you have the chance to walk into one of them. When going through the woods here with a local, you will see that they know each plant that can be eaten. A lot of the weird looking animals here are hunted for healing purposes and sold to the Chinese.