14th march 2009 (sat) – a couple of friends & i visited the monsopiad cultural village.
this village was founded a decade or so ago in memory of a kadazan head hunter, si monsopiad *shudder* thank goodness he is the last headhunter of borneo, who died some three centuries ago.
located at kampung kuai kadazon penampang, the village showcasts the beliefs, culture and traditions of the kadazan community.
upon registration and payment of RM20, we were led to a nearby hut where traditional kadazan cultural dances were already in progress.
dancers were performing to the beats of the traditional gongs
later, a man, dressed in traditional hunting garb, reenacted the role of monsopiad. i think he was trying to look fearsome but he knew he failed pretty miserably when a little girl walked up close and personal to him, boldly displaying the “peace” sign.
check out his head gear…
…and his accessories.
after the show, we went round the place shooting
guess what this is…
photography… on a totally different level altogether.
a pot of rice… the main raw material of talak
erm… something to do with the distilled rice wine, talak
erm… forgot what is this for…
tajau (jar), covered with leaves, containing the precious talak
ragi (yeast), added to the rice, and then fermented, to produce talak (i think)
sikat – traditional rice wine with herb
for more information on the local brew, please click here
skulls of monsopiad’s victims
huge container to store the rice grain for a year’s supply after the harvest
excuse the blur-ish picture as the bridge was kind of shaky
sham & louie
samandaks atas jambatan gantung
the trip was cut short by a downpour but it was fun nonetheless.