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Kopivosian means "Hello" in Kadazan language. The Kadazans are an ethnic group indigenous to the state of Sabah in Malaysia. {Sabah is situated on the northern part of the island of Borneo.} Together with another ethnic group, the "Dusun", the unified Kadazan-Dusun is the largest ethnic group in Sabah. {More information on Wikipedia about Kadazan, and Kadazan-Dusun.}

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Photographed at the "Monsopiad Cultural Village" which is privately owned by the direct descendants (7th generation) of the legendary warrior and head hunter, Monsopiad. Monsopiad took 42 heads in defense of his village some 300 years ago. The descendants have looked after the skulls to this day. They can be seen hanging from the ceiling at the House of Skulls at the Village.

 

The Monsopiad Cultural Village was one of the venues of "The Amazing Race 4", Leg 8.

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These Kadazan ladies are part of the dance troupe that perform twice daily at the Village. This portrait (with camera built-in flash) was taken after their afternoon session, in the "Murut" (another indigenous group) costume for the last segment of the dance. The audience consist of myself and a French man. I guess they were happy to see us too. :-)))

  

Suspension bridge hanging on steel cables at the Monsopiad Cultural Village, crossing the narrow Moyog River. This one wobbles at lot and is quite fun to walk across.

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Photographed with my cellphone, PP. The original was taken using the b/w Effects mode on the phone.

 

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Anggalang & Magunatip... traditional dance of the Murut tribe. A mistake in the step here means very sore ankles. This photo shows a single dancer in action.

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Photographed at Monsopiad Cultural Village. The musicians are in the area above the stage.

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I found a video showing a full-set of this dance: Anggalang & Magunatip (part 2).

Similar to "tinikling" of the Philippines.

At the Monsopiad Cultural Village. A sumazau in progress... seductive dance.

More photos in my set here

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[Traditional Dance] Sumazau ( Borneo Sabah ).

Left to right: Papar Kadazan, Penampang Kadazan, Rungus & Murut. The Kadazan, Rungus and Muruts are indegenious groups of Sabah, among many others. They are predominantly Christians.

A cafe (canteen) to have some refreshments. You can also enjoy a popular home made wine here.

Monsopiad Cultural Village, the traditional village is a historical site in the heartland of the Kadazandusun people and it is the only cultural village in Sabah built to commemorates the life and time of the legendary Kadazan and the head-hunter worrior: Monsopaid. The direct desendants of Monsopaid, his 6th and 7th generations have built the village on the very land where Monsopaid lived and roamed some three centuries ago to remamber their forefather, and to give you an extraordinary insight into their ancient and rich culture.

Anggalang & Magunatip, traditional dance of the Murut tribe. Photographed at Monsopiad Cultural Village. The musicians are in the area above the stage.

 

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The laadu (plough) and kikizapan (contraption for extracting rice) at Monsopiad Cultural Village.

 

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A stone weighing over two tons and standing four metres tall. This massive stone was placed in its original position by the villagers, after being commanded by Monsopiad to build a monument in his honour with the help of The Bobohizans (Pagan Priestess) and the unknown forces summoned by the latter from the spirit world.

 

This huge granite stone was carved out off the island's cliff face. It was placed in between two huge raft and was transported over ten miles across the open sea to the mouth of the Moyog river and then brought up river to the site where it stands today. This you can imagine was quite an amazing feat in itself taken into consideration that it was over 250 years ago.

  

Something tells me the original headhunters didn't have Spandex.

Village house in the forest. This one is in the Monsopiad Cultural Village, but it is a real house. The house was there long before the Cultural Village was established. It is quite representative of what you will see in the deep interior regions of Sabah. Most of them are built on stilts.

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Staff of the Monsopiad Cultural Village

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Our services includes Car Rental Service In Kota Kinabalu Sabah, Sabah Land Transfer, Kota Kinabalu Sabah Airport & Hotel Transfers, Kota Kinabalu Sabah Car Rental with Driver, Bus and Van Charter In Kota Kinabalu Sabah, Sewa Kereta Di Sabah, Kereta Sewa Di Sabah, Car Rental In Kota Kinabalu Airports Terminal 1 and Terminal 2, Kota Kinabalu Apartments Booking, Accommodation In Kota Kinabalu, Homestay In Kota Kinabalu, Holiday Car Rental Promotions In Kota Kinabalu, Sabah Travel Adventures and Borneo Bes t Budget Car Rental.

 

Our Services also includes Travel and Touring Services around Sabah:

 

1) KK City Tour

2) Lok Kawi Wildlife Park

3) Mari-Mari Cultural Village

4) Monsopiad

5) Crocodile Farm

6) TARP Sapi, Mamutik and Manukan Island Excursion

7) Pom-Pom Island Diving

8) Butterfly Garden

9) Filipino Handicraft Market

10) KK Sabah Shopping

11) Kinabalu Park & Poring Hot Spring

12) Sabah Tea Farm

13) Kampung Luanti Fish Spa

14) DESA Dairy Darm

15) Orang Utan Sanctuary

16) Kudat Tip Of Borneo

17) Bee Farm

18) Gaya Sunday Market

19) Proboscis Monkey & Firefly River Cruise

20) KK Sabah Night Out

Monsopiad Cultural Village entrance.

dancers in traditional costumes

Monsopiad Cultural Village

A snapshot of a cultural dancer at the Monsopiad Cultural Village, Sabah

Monsopiad Cultural Village

A short path to visit a traditional house and grounds.

Monsopiad Cultural Village

At the Monsopiad Cultural Village.

A hut for storing rice. Underneath it are the tools for growing and harvesting paddy.

Left to right: Papar Kadazan, Penampang Kadazan, Rungus & Murut.

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