Tuesday, 19 November 2013

According to Lotud oral history, many generations ago the place (pogun) of the Suang Lotud suffered a massive drought that lasted for many years. The water dried up. Plants and animals perished; many humans died. Fires burned everywhere. It was so hot that even the soil ignited spontaneously.

The people cried and cried. One night, "Umunsumundu" appeared in a dream to Luntar, the first tantagas, who was also called Odun Jalin. She instructed her in the ritual proceedings of Mamahui Pogun or "Cleansing the Universe' and taught her the appropriate "rinait". The Mamahui Pogun was to begin with a cycle lasting seven nights and seven days, to stop the drought. In the dream, Umunsumundu told her to instruct the village to build a sacred bamboo ritual house or "turugan" with coconut fronds for roofing. The villagers were to bring offerings such as husked and unhusked rice to appease the angry spirits.

At first, Odun Jalin recited the rinait for one night and one day inside the turugan (Manawah do Turugan). On the second day when she went outside of the turugan, two sets of sacred stones called buliga ngadau (pearls of the sun) fell from the sky for Odun Jalin. One set was "male" and the other "female." These stones were to be safely tied in cloth, and only exposed and bathed in coconut oil during the manawa do turugan rituals in the Mamahui Pogun.

Since then, Mamahui Pogun has been held every five to ten years or so, whenever there has been an imbalance in the universe, causing widespread natural and human calamities.

credit : Persatuan Kebudayaan dan Warisan Sabah Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya dan Selangor

Video source : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IrU0Keze1JQ

Saturday, 16 November 2013

Tradition Dance.

Lotud Dance....this is our family's tradition since I was young but nowadays we are no longer saw this dances in everyday life. Thanks to the elderly people who are still giving a lesson to teach this dances to the young people as a rememberance  for the tradition. Nowadays we only can see these dances for a such big tradition event for tourist.

I am proud to be one of this tradition...I am also Lotud people in Tuaran District.. Actually my mom came from the district of Ranau. She is also called dusun. My dad is originally came from the district of Tuaran and he is pure Lotud's people. But my mom can speak Lotud language very fluently like my dad. Thank God ...I had four sibling.

Lotud people are one of the Dusunic groups of Sabah. The Lotuds are welknown for their very colourful costumes, and their dance, called Sumayau or Mongigol Tuaran. All in traditional settings were originally meant for worship, and so is the case of the Lotud dances as well as the dances of the sub-ethnic groups of the Dusun people(s). The sumayau is most noticeable because of the 'slow-motion' in the way it is executed, which is in contrast to the other Dusunic dances (the sumazau of Penampang, the mongigol of Kudat, et cetera) which are executed with faster beats. Some say it is boring but on closer inspection, and under careful study of the best dances (especially those done by experts doing them solo during a religious five-day ceremony), one would see that sumayau is extremely artistic and a very beautiful dance. It would not be an exaggeration to say that the sumayau is actually the most sophisticated and beautiful traditional dance in Sabah. The subtle refined movements of the sumayau, which involve the arms, shoulers, palms, legs and feet combine into something truly sublime. One impressive movement of the sumayau which is not found in other Sabah traditional dances is the wonderful sideway movement without the up-and-down motion, making the dancer appear to slide magically to one side. One can say that this unique slide of the Lotud dance is the ancient precursor of the moonwalk!

Video source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=24bzXI-k__w

Thursday, 3 January 2013

Awesome Journey

Welcome to Sabah, land below the wind ...
On December 21, 2012, my sister was married last year in Tuaran and weddings were held in Tuaran as we derived from it. We go to school and grew up in the area. The wedding ceremony is very lively. Our family started their journey from Kudat to Tuaran. Travel was so beautiful. Kudat has many interesting places added another trip to head across the district of Kota Belud a rich agricultural area of ​​paddy sources. Valley of lush paddy striking us as a family. I thought back to childhood when we were in the land of my father plant rice. Very fun event while playing mud in the middle of paddy fields. Travel will continue to live a more vibrant and lively.