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The Dayak were animist in belief; however many converted to Christianity, and some to Islam more recently.
The main ethnic groups of Dayaks are the Bakumpai and Dayak Bukit of South Kalimantan, The Ngajus, Baritos, Benuaqs of East Kalimantan, the Kayan and Kenyah groups and their subtribes in Central Borneo and the Ibans, Embaloh (Maloh), Kayan, Kenyah, Penan, Kelabit, Lun Bawang and Taman populations in the Kapuas and Sarawak regions.
Religious differences between Muslim and Christian natives of Borneo has led, at various times, to communal tensions.
Relations, however between all religious groups are generally good.
Representations of this primal couple are amongst the most pervasivel motifs of Dayak art.
The primal mythic conflict ended in a mutual, procreative murder, from the body parts of which the present universe arose stage by stage.
Christianity was introduced by European missionaries in Borneo.
These groups are not Dayak, but instead are grouped under the separate umbrella term of Moro In the past, the Dayak were feared for their ancient tradition of headhunting practices.
After mass conversions to Christianity and Islam, and anti-headhunting legislation by the colonial powers was passed, the practice was banned and appeared to have disappeared.
An example of common identity, over and above religious belief, is the Melanau group.
Despite the small population, to the casual observer, the coastal dwelling Melanau of Sarawak, generally do not identify with one religion, as a number of them have Islamized and Christianised over a period of time.