| Haji Mohd Daud Abd Rahman |
IN THE past, old folks residing in Kg Ayer would recount stories of how the water village came into existence about 500 years ago.
A lot of folks did not know this, as it was told. The names of inland water villages were Kg Lumadan, Kg Tumasek and Kg Tamoi.
The writer discovered that whenever the water level got low, broken kitchen utensils, coins and remnants of house stilts can be found. Nowadays, it is hard to spot them due to soil erosion.
The history of Kg Ayer has to be preserved and only the elderly know much about it, some of whom lived up to the age of 100 years old. Only through them we get to know the real history of Kg Ayer in Brunei. This knowledge can be passed down to the younger generation of today.
Back then, one would just need to mention the name of the village, for example Kg Tamoi, and what came to mind would be the women capable of producing or making food items such as Cincin, Ardam, Tumpi, Talam, Calak Lambai, Ulu, Kuripit, Kuya, Apam, Sesagun and Ambulong.
Kg Tamoi was also known for its rich traditional songs and one of its residents, the late Awg Japar, was well known for his talent in composing folk songs such as Anding Dida, Dondang Bulang Mengambang and more.
Another village worth mentioning was Kg Sg Kedayan which was famed for its gold. In the beginning, the village became famous for its bridal wedding accessories such as the one that is worn on the head and the Jong Sarat, which is wrapped around one’s waist and worn until the knee level.