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NGO to hold talk on legendary Kelabit hero


Many megalith structures in the highlands of Sarawak have a story associated to them. — Filepic

Many megalith structures in the highlands of Sarawak have a story associated to them. — Filepic

KUCHING: Friends of Sarawak Museum (FoSM) is organising a public talk on Tuked Rini, a legendary hero of the Kelabit Highlands.

According to FoSM, Tuked Rini is one of a number of heroes about whom oral stories were told until recently in the Kelabit Highlands and neighbouring areas.

“These heroes are said to have been giants, vaguely ancestral to people living nowadays, who lived at a time when there was greater power in the cosmos and the distinction between spirits and ordinary living creatures, including humans, was not as clear as it is today.

“The highland area contains megaliths of many kinds, almost all associated locally with powerful ancestors, and a number of these are specifically linked with the deeds of cultural heroes like Tuked Rini,” FoSM said.

Speaker Dr Monica Janowski, a research fellow at the Sarawak Museum Campus project, will discuss the story of Tuked Rini as a model for ideal human behaviour for men and women as it features not only stories of adventurous men but achievements of women in growing rice.

In 1986, she recorded a story about the adventures of Tuked Rini from Balang Pelaba of Pa’ Dalih, one of the last people able to tell the story.

Dr Janowski has a doctorate in social anthropology from the London School of Economics based on two years of fieldwork in the Kelabit Highlands, where she has continued to do research since 1991.

“Tuked Rini, Cosmic Traveller: Mapping Out the Ideal Human Being” will be held at Telang Usan Hotel here on Jan 16 at 7.30pm. Admission is free.

For details, call 019-887 0811 (Anita) or email fosm.events@gmail.com

   

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