Indigenous communities all set to appease spirits


  • Nation
  • Thursday, 11 Jun 2015

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah’s indigenous communities are finalising preparations to hold their rituals to appease the spirits of the sacred Mount Kinabalu.

Among the first are the Lotud community in Tuaran district that will hold the monolibabow or ceremony to communicate with the spirits.

Kadazandusun Cultural Associa-tion (KDCA) executive secretary Benedict Topin said the Dusun Tindal in Kota Belud district as well as the Kimaragang of Kota Marudu were among those planning their rituals.

He said the Bundu Liwan community of Kundasang at the mountain’s foothills was planning a ritual as well.

It will be up to the respective Council of Elders, which includes the bobohizan priestesses in the respective districts, to decide when the rituals would be held, Benedict said.

He said it was usually not necessary for the rituals to be held on the mountain “as long as it’s at a location within sight of it”.

Tuaran native chief Saniban Amphila said the monolibabow on Saturday would be held at the house of the village chief of Kampung Bantayan, near Tamparuli town.

He said the ceremony would involve at least two tantagas or Lotud priestesses.

“We would like to know if the acts of desecration on the mountain had anything to do with the earthquake.

“If there is, we will ask what sogit is needed to appease the mountain.”

He said once the compensation was known, another ceremony to appease the spirit would be held.

“This would likely be done at the banks of the Tamparuli river.”

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