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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. :-)))

  

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

 

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

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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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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.

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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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.

Traditional Lihing (rice wine) making utensils and ingredients. Photographed at Monsopiad Cultural Village. {***Don't drink too much lihing.. it makes you TOO happy. :D }

 

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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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At the Monsopiad Cultural Village. A timber house and surrounding which is rather typical in the deep interiors of Sabah. Atap (nipah palm) and bamboo are commonly used for the roof, walls and floors. Generally, the house sits on stilts, even if flooding is unlikely. Stilts may have customary significance, denoting wealth. {Should your heart desire the hands of a local gal in marriage, count the stilts on her parents' house, and deliver the right number of cows. I don't know if this is still practised. :-))) }

 

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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.

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

Sumazau performance at Monsopiad Cultural Village, Kota Kinabalu.

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At Monsopiad Cultural Village.

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.

 

Monsopiad Cultural Village

One of the Monsopaid the head-hunters???

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 ).

 

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.

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

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