Lepa (ship)

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Lepa, also known as lipa or lepa-lepa, are indigenous ships of the Sama-Bajau people in the Philippines, Malaysia, and Indonesia.wikipedia
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Lepa, also known as lipa or lepa-lepa, are indigenous ships of the Sama-Bajau people in the Philippines, Malaysia, and Indonesia. They were traditionally used as houseboats by the seagoing Sama Dilaut.
They usually live a seaborne lifestyle, and use small wooden sailing vessels such as the perahu (layag in Meranau), djenging, balutu, lepa, pilang, and vinta (or lepa-lepa). Some Sama-Bajau groups native to Sabah are also known for their traditional horse culture.

Vinta

Lepa can also be used as a generic term for "boat" in the various Sama-Bajau groups; the vinta, for example, is also known as lepa-lepa.
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Pump boat

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Lepa nowadays are increasingly being replaced by motor-powered outrigger canoes, the pambot ("pump boat").
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Balangay

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The prow and the stern are also made from flat carved blocks of wood, and not posts or curving planks as in vessels like the balangay.
Lepa (ship)

Philippines

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Lepa, also known as lipa or lepa-lepa, are indigenous ships of the Sama-Bajau people in the Philippines, Malaysia, and Indonesia.

Malaysia

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Lepa, also known as lipa or lepa-lepa, are indigenous ships of the Sama-Bajau people in the Philippines, Malaysia, and Indonesia. Regatta Lepa is an annual boat festival in Semporna, Malaysia, celebrating the boat-building tradition of the Sama-Bajau communities in Sabah.

Indonesia

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Lepa, also known as lipa or lepa-lepa, are indigenous ships of the Sama-Bajau people in the Philippines, Malaysia, and Indonesia.

Houseboat

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They were traditionally used as houseboats by the seagoing Sama Dilaut.

Rudder

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Lepa fitted with rudders instead of traditional steering oars are known as sapit (or sappit). Small one or two-person canoe-like variants of the lepa used exclusively in shallow water are known as buggoh (also boggo', buggoh jungalan or buggoh-buggoh). A buggoh is often towed by a family lepa.

Steering oar

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Lepa fitted with rudders instead of traditional steering oars are known as sapit (or sappit). Small one or two-person canoe-like variants of the lepa used exclusively in shallow water are known as buggoh (also boggo', buggoh jungalan or buggoh-buggoh). A buggoh is often towed by a family lepa.

Outrigger canoe

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Lepa nowadays are increasingly being replaced by motor-powered outrigger canoes, the pambot ("pump boat").

Dugout canoe

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The keel of lepa is made from a shallow dugout known as the tadas or lunas.

Strake

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It is built up along the sides with strakes that are narrower than the keel.

Gunwale

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An additional three sideboards are joined edge-to-edge to the topmost strake (the gunwales), extending from the stern.

Dowel

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Like in other indigenous Philippine ships, the hull of the lepa is traditionally fitted together by dowels (tambuko) and fiber lashings instead of nails.

Nypa fruticans

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The roof (sapaw) is made with plaited nipa leaves mounted on detachable Y-shaped posts.

Paddle

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Lepa can also be propelled by paddles (dayung) or quant poles.

Quant pole

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Lepa can also be propelled by paddles (dayung) or quant poles.

Outrigger

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Lepa can be differentiated from other native boats in the region in that they do not have outriggers.

Okir

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Lepa are traditionally decorated with elaborate flowery designs known as okil (also spelled ukkil). The prow, especially, often features a large beautifully-carved bowsprit called the jungal.

Bowsprit

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Lepa are traditionally decorated with elaborate flowery designs known as okil (also spelled ukkil). The prow, especially, often features a large beautifully-carved bowsprit called the jungal.

Islamization

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In the Philippines and Malaysia, there are usually no rituals involved in the making or the launching of the lepa, probably a result of the higher level of Islamization of indigenous Sama beliefs.

Semporna

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Regatta Lepa is an annual boat festival in Semporna, Malaysia, celebrating the boat-building tradition of the Sama-Bajau communities in Sabah.

Sabah

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Regatta Lepa is an annual boat festival in Semporna, Malaysia, celebrating the boat-building tradition of the Sama-Bajau communities in Sabah.