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The Religion of the Tempasuk Dusuns of North Borneo

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  • Date Published: February 2012
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107646032

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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
    6. Komburongoh
    7. Lustral water
    8. Sogit (Sagit)
    9. The soul
    10. Mononglumaag
    11. Birth
    12. The giving of names
    13. Marriage and divorce
    14. 'Incest'
    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)
    24. Krointod
    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
    27. Saraban
    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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