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Old tajau (jar) at the House of Skulls, Monsopiad Cultural village. Dried hisab palm leaves ward off evil spirits.

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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 (hanging) bridge at the Monsopiad Culcural Village. Taken with my cellphone and processed for faded photo look.

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Traditional gongs man at work. Photographed at Monsopiad Cultural Village.

 

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A young Kadazan man plays the traditional gongs.. soothing, rhythmic and muted sounds, yet clearly heard in the surrounding neighborhood. In this photo, he is shown playing only the small gongs.

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Photographed at the Monsopiad Cultural Vilage, about 25 minutes from Kota Kinabalu City. This Cultural Village was featured in "The Amazing Race 4, Leg No:8.

 

Located in a predominantly Kadazan district, the surrounding area can be called an 'urban village". All the modern amenities are here, such as satellite TV, the latest model pick-up trucks (and cars), mobile networks, internet connectivity, etc.

 

Not counting the current residential developments in the area, many of the houses are semi-concrete or wooden. Small paddy fields are commonly seen. Very nice and rustic.

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[Traditional Dance] Sumazau ( Borneo Sabah ). Sounds from a full ensemble of gongs.

This is a corner of the canteen where you enjoy a welcoming drink (a small glass of orange juice or a sweet local rice wine). Beyond the railings is a hanging bridge and river.

 

Warm, humid and peaceful setting... muted sounds of traditional gongs played by a young musician in a hut just outside. Photographed with my cellphone at the Monsopiad Cultural Village, 25 minites drive from Kota Kinabalu City.

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Bamboo bench, blinds and lamp shades. Rattan chairs and coffee table.

Palm leaves roof. Timber structure and building. Ceiling fans for some airflow.

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

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[Traditional Dance] Sumazau ( Borneo Sabah ).

The entrance to the Monsopiad Cultural Village.

Old tajau (jar) at the House of Skulls, Monsopiad Cultural village. The 2nd from left is the Panding Tiga, a 16th century ceremonial jar originally from Thailand. Dried hisab palm leaves ward off evil spirits.

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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.

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.

Sumazau performance at Monsopiad Cultural Village. May is the month of the Harvest Festival, a month-long celebrations of the Kadazan-Dusun and other indegenious races of Sabah. It is a joyous month!

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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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*Monsopiad Cultural Village set.

 

One of the Monsopaid the head-hunters???

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

 

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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. :-)))

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[Traditional Dance] Sumazau ( Borneo Sabah ).

 

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.

At Monsopiad Cultural Village. The 'tangkob' where rice is stored. Photographed with my cellphone, PP.

Dancers after a Murut bamboo dance {anggalang & magunatip} performance. Photographed at Monsopiad Cultural Village.

 

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*Monsopiad Cultural Village set.

 

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These two lovely ladies greet you at the entrance, note your name and guide you to the ticket office. It's pretty pricey at Myr 80 per head (in 2013) but it does include a tour of the park, a cultural show and dinner at the end. I had debated whether to come here or visit the older Monsopiad Cultural village. Almost everyone I spoke to seem to recommend the Mari Mari as it's more worth while, and at any rate, introduces you to five different tribes. At Monsopiad, which is more expensive, all activities are centered around one tribe only, and around Monsopiad, an erstwhile tribal warrior. In the background is a large bus that had disgorged a whole, well, busload of tourists at the site, much to my irritation and discomfiture. (Kota Kinabalu, East Malaysia, Nov. 2013)

Murut couple in Monsopiad Cultural Village

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Our Services also includes Travel and Touring Services around Sabah:

 

1) KK City Tour

2) Lok Kawi Wildlife Park

3) Mari-Mari Cultural Village

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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

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