Monthly Archives: June 2015

Langtang, Aku Terlentang

“…Jari-jemari terasa membeku, otot-otot kaki terasa sudah hilang. Suasana senja kini bertukar kebiru-biruan. Aku kini berada dalam kegelapan & hanya bertemankan salakan anjing dan unggas ditengah-tengah hutan tidak berpenduduk. Selangkah demi selangkah aku memerah kudratku memujuk kaki yang sudah hilang deria rasa selepas 9 jam bukit seribu lapisan di Langtang ku sukat. Perut pula sudah hampir sejam menunggu masa untuk memuntahkan lahar bertoksiknya, sudah beberapa kali saat-saat “getir” itu berjaya ku jinakkan. Aku mula mencari-cari jika ada “ruang” untuk melepaskan hajat si perut, mungkin juga tempat untuk bermalam. Ah ini kah tempat berakhirnya hayatku? Mati kesejukan…” – Langtang, Aku Terlentang

Langtang National Park, Nepal

Monolob & Monogit Ritual at Mamut, Ranau

Akinabalu (Mt. Kinabalu) is a sacred mountain for Kadazandusun. Aki means great ancestors while Nabalu means spirit of  the dead, thus the name of Kinabalu means the final resting place of the ancestors’ spirits. Every climber/visitor are advised to show some respect to the nature (mouton surrounding) especially immoral activities. However, a group of 10 foreigner was reported stripped naked on the mountain which has triggered anger locals and authority. Just a week later (5th June 2015), a magnitude 5.6 earthquake shook Mount Kinabalu, causing an avalanche of rock and boulders that killed 18 people, including four mountain guide.

Ritual ceremonies has been conducted recently including Monolibabow & Tumabur ritual by Libabows (Dusun Lotud shaman & spiritual medium) at Bantayan, Tamparuli. According to Odun Lumanjar, the guardian complained about the behaviour of some climbers who “behaved like animals” and performed sexual acts while on the mountain, just like snakes, deer, pigs, and squirrels. The guardian also bemoaned the conduct of the Kadazandusun people who committed terrible sins especially incestuous relationship between father and daughter, first causins and siblings who marry one another. They (the guardian) still waiting for Dusun Darat to “soothe” the spirits of Kinabalu by offering seven fowls and pigs.

A group of 7 Bobolian representing Dusun Darat conducted Monolob & Monogit at Mamut on 20th June 2015 started around 8am. According to the District Native Chief Taip Rashman, 68, the rituals were organised following request from locals from 7 villages who considered the naked on the mountain episode on May 30 by a group of 10 foreigner as sacrilegious. The same ceremony also being conducted at Timpohon Gate, Kinabalu National Park lead by male Bobolian from Bundu Tuhan on the same date and time. 7 buffalo and 1 fowl were to be scarificed in Mamut while 1 buffalo at Timpohon Gate.

The media was asked to keep at a certain distance as a mark of respect for the ritual

Pankau Bansayu, 84 from Kg Mininsalu, explaining message by the guardian to the locals after the ritual ceremony.

Pankau Bansayu, 84 from Kg Mininsalu, explaining message by the guardian to the locals after the ritual ceremony.

7 Bobolian from Kauluan, Bundu Tuhan, Lohan and Lingkudau.


The meat of the sacrificed buffaloes will be distributed to the seven villages that made the initial complaint to the native court

Welcoming Ramadhan

Ramadhan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. It is the month during which Muslims observe fasting from morning twilight (Fajr Prayer) to the evening twilight (Maghrib Prayer). During the Ramadhan, Muslims are to focus on reparation for wrongdoings and good deeds. It is also the most ideal time for them to rebuild community, organizational, and family ties severed by misunderstandings.





Tumabur Ritual at Bantayan

After a rare ritual ceremony on last Saturday (Monolibabow), another ritual called Tumabur has been done yesterday outside Kg. Bantayan Hall, Tamparuli. About 10 Tantagas representing the Dusun Lotud including 4 Libabow performing the ritual which start at 10am and finished at 3pm yesterday.

Monolibabow (Communicating With The Spirits) at Bantayan

A rare ritual ceremony has been held on 13th June 2015 at Kg. Bantayan, Tamparuli. According to the the Dusun Lotud, Monolibabou means communicating with the spirits. It was held to enquire the recent quake of 5.9-magnitude that centred in Ranau on 5th June if it related to the act of nudity stunt of 10 Western tourists on the summit of sacred mountain, Mt. Kinabalu.

“According to the Libabow (Spiritual Medium), the guardian of the mountain have enough with the wrongdoings done by humans/climbers on the mountain. No amount of offering can appease the mountain guardian and the souls residing at the mountain” – Ricardo.

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