KUNDASANG: The appeasement rituals for the Guardians of Mount Kinabalu by the Dusun Tindal of Kota Belud have been carried out.
Kadazandusun Cultural Association (KDCA) honorary secretary Dr Benedict Toppin said as far as the rituals were concerned, all have been carried out accordingly.
He said the ceremony which was supposed to have been carried out for three days had to be compacted into two days due to certain circumstances.
According to him, the group of Bobolians was asked to leave the resort at the vicinity of Kiram Village in Mesilou, by the Village head who stated local sensitivities for the reason.
“We understand and respect their request,” he said adding that the rituals had to be carried out at the ‘Country Heights’ sited at the roadside. This site sported a panoramic view of the mountain.
He said Country Heights had been picked to hold the last day’s ritual when the pig was supposed to be sacrificed. The sacrifice was for the ceremony of ‘Peace accord with the word within and without.” It (slaughter) was never planned at the Resort
Benedict said, “All went well. The only regret is that our leaders were not able to attend the event due to these circumstances.”
Prior to this event three ceremonies of this nature has been carried out so far. The initial ceremony was carried out by the Lotud of Tuaran, followed by the people of Kundasang at the Timpohon Gate at Kinabalu Parks. The other ceremony was carried out near Mamut, by the people of Ranau.
These ceremonies were carried out as an appeasement to the Guardians of the Mountain, after the earthquake in its vicinity on June 5, killed 18 people including children.
The people believed that the quake were signs that the Guardians were angered by lurid acts of tourists who stripped at the peak there a week or so before the earthquake.
After the earthquake, the villagers suffered mud floods and rock falls which destroyed homes and land adjacent to the rivers. Periodic tremours also occurred. More than 100 such tremours occurred to date.-Sayangsabah