from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. (noun) The spirit of an ancestor or dead relative, which appears to a youth in a dream and which becomes his protector. The nyarong has often the outer form of an animal.
This spirit becomes the special protector of some individual Iban, to whom in a dream he manifests himself, in the first place in human form, and announces that he will be his 'Nyarong,' and apparently he may or may not inform the dreamer in what form he will appear in future.
They respect Nyarongs, or 'spirit-helpers,' though Mr Hose lived among them for fourteen years without knowing what a Nyarong is. 'It seems usually to be the spirit of some ancestor or dead relative but not always so . . . .'
‘Nyarong’ is Dayak in origin. Dayak is a language of Borneo.