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First published in 1953, this volume by I. H. N. Evans describes the Dusun people of the Tempasuk region in what was formerly North Borneo (now Sabah in East Malaysia). Based on the author's own research and extensive personal experience, the volume presents a detailed account of the cultural and religious beliefs of the Dusun people, as well as their rites, ceremonies, and traditions. The volume also includes sixty-five Dusun folk-stories, two appendices, and a unique collection of photographs taken by the author himself.
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- Date Published: February 2012
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9781107646032
- length: 624 pages
- dimensions: 229 x 152 x 35 mm
- weight: 0.9kg
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
Part I. General Rules:
1. The deities and the creation
2. Various spirits
3. Sun, moon and stars
4. The priestess and the 'sacred language'
5. Some objects used in ceremonies
7. Lustral water
8. Sogit (Sagit)
9. The soul
12. The giving of names
13. Marriage and divorce
15. The widow and the widower
16. Father-in-law, mother-in-law
17. Death and burial
18. The Dusun month
19. Kaasaban (thunder tabus)
20. Guardian stones and other ponungolig
21. Sacred animals
22. Omens and omen animals
23. Kopohunan (koi-imah-imah)
25. The new house
26. Ragang numak. The dispersal of the Dusuns
27. 'Hot rain'
28. The lampadak tree
29. Various beliefs and customs
Part II. Ceremonies: Introduction
1. Agricultural ceremonies
2. Communal ceremonies
3. Personal ceremonies
Part III. Folk-Stories: Introduction
1. The creation and the misdoings of Towadakon
2. A creation story
3. A creation story
4. A heretical creation story
5. Another creation story from Tambatuon
6. A Kahung Saraiyoh creation story
7. A Toburon creation story
8. Kinorohingan's sons
9. Two stories of how the rice got its husk
10. Ginjan goes to heaven
11. Galamon learns a lesson
12. The Dusun Pandora's box
13. The Puran Tanak's revenge
14. The half boy
15. A Rogon Gaiyoh steals children
16. The Bubutan's child
17. Rokian's children
18. The Bugang and the Boy
19. Sumandak loses her rice-souls
20. The little girl's rice-soul
21. My ancestor Turikon
22. The men who went to sunrise
23. The incestuous stars of morning and evening
24. The origin of two contellations: the Miasau-Pisau
25. The eclipse of the moon
26. The rice-planters' stars
28. Takuluk fights the wind
29. The flood
30. Sagatapon and her fish
31. The head that revenged itself
32. The effects of a mogindalan
33. The Tonsimongs' priestess
34. Baiaboh's devotion
35. Oduk Minatob intervenes
36. The origin of Tindihan Hill
37. The origin of Kuog Hill
38. The war of the Koruk-fish against Kinsiraban
39. The house that became a stone
40. The house that became a boulder
41. The tunnel to Tenghilan
42. The orang-utang at Kahung Saraiyoh
43. The rats' village
44. The buffalo's children
45. The mosquitoes' village
46. Where the fish live
47. The boy, the python, and the birds
48. The bee wife
49. Gimbak visits the villages of the dead and of the wild pigs
50. Tambatuon 'history'. Affairs at Ragang Nunuk, etc.
51. Kadamaian 'history': the migration from Ragang Nunuk, the huge snake, etc.
52. The Surun people make a ladder to heaven
53. The Surun people's ladder. The Bugang's bones
54. The old people and the new people
55. The 'history' of the Tabilong Dusuns
56. The Tabilong Dusuns may not plough
57. The Kurap bird
58. The origin of the clam
59. Don't be greedy and jealous
60. Brothers dog and crocodile
61. The coconut-shell child
62. Putar and the eggs
63. The upas tree
64. Lantibong's return
65. A story against the Mohammedans
Appendix A. Kadamaian Dusun rites: texts, translations, notes
Appendix B. The Moginakan gurumpot held at Kahung Saraiyoh in May and June, 1949
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