Dusun Lotud Traditional Costumes.
Dusun Lotud is one of the local tribe in Tamparuli Sabah. Actually the word tribe is not suitable but I can’t find the right word for describing this people. Mainly the Lotuds live in District of Tuaran and most of them live around Tamparuli area. I have a lot of friend from Dusun Lotud origin. They are really friendly and kind. Some of them might have attitude problem but only a small portion of them. The Dusun people come with many different types of origin such as Dusun Darat, Dusun Lotud, Dusun Liwan, Dusun Tindal, Kimaragang and many more. If the Dusuns only stand for one citation it might not confusing other people. There will be only Dusun People and nor Dusun Lotud, Dusun Kimaragang and so forth.
Dusun Lotud have many traditional heritage and I really enjoying them wearing their Traditional Costumes. if you want to see them wearing their traditional costume, you can visit Tamparuli during Pesta Kaamatan or Harvest Festival and Bamboo Music Festival. This two festival is celebrate yearly on the May. I like to take picture of this people but for the time being I cannot do that. Busy with works keep me from doing that. i have through the net and found something that really boost me up to write about this people. I have copy paste some of the article for you to reads and some picture to share with you to make a clear view about this people. My hobby is to write a simple article, blogging and reading. Sorry if i’m not using appropriate words because my English is not good enough to become a good writer but I’m trying to make it better and better and I really need your comments to drive me up for the good of Tamparuli Sabah website. Thanks for reading and till then Happy Weekends.
Old Folk wearing Traditional Costume for the Lotud People in Tamparuli.
A Lady wearing Lotud Traditional Costume.
Expanded Text source: Copyright © Andreas Alex – Malay Customs and Taboos. Used with permission.
Introduction / History
The Kadazandusun people groups are the largest indigenous grouping in Sabah. The Malaysia 2000 census placed their number at 479,944 or about 18.4% of the total state population.
Although the census counts them as a single people group there are in fact more than twenty ethnolinguistic people groups within the number above. The largest of these are the Central Dusun, Coastal Kadazan, Labuk-Kinabatangan Kadazan, Bundu Dusun, Rungus Dusun, Tambunan Dusun, Kimaragang and Tempasuk Dusun. Although these various people groups are scattered across more than half of the state in the western, northern and central portions, most of them live in the interior, usually along one of the many rivers rather than in coastal areas. An exception are the Coastal Kadazan who live along the west coast in the Penampang and Papar Districts.
The Coastal Kadazan dialect is the most well established Kadazandusun dialect even though they are not the largest people group numerically. This may be due to their close proximity to the capital of Kota Kinabalu, and the fact that their language is used in some Sabah newspapers and radio broadcasts. It is also taught in primary schools.
What are their lives like?
The Kadazandusun people groups are all primarily agriculturalists with rice growing supplemented by vegetable gardening and animal husbandry. Many have also found jobs in the timber industry that has boomed in the last two decades. Village life is usually communal, but those in urban areas tend to be less so. Although many hold on to certain aspects of their culture, the lifestyle of the Kadazandusun in the urban and developed areas is quite different from those in the remote rural areas.
What are their beliefs?
The Kadazandusun were traditionally animists but have been influenced by both Christianity and Islam. Many of those that the government counts as Christians come from a church tradition where any child that is born into a family that calls itself Christian is also considered to be Christian. Those holding to traditional religion today believe in a spirit world that is especially important in the cycle of rice cultivation as well as major events in the cycle of life. Although believing in a supreme being who created verything, they also attribute spirits to many things in nature such as birds, animals, and plants.
The “rice spirit,” in particular, figures prominently in their beliefs and practices. Some of the Kadazandusun people groups are noted for their use of bobohizan ‘priestesses’ for controlling the spirits.
What are their needs?
While many of the Kadazandusun have experienced the benefits of an improving educational system and the modern economy, those who live in rural areas in particular have not experienced the same level of progress. For those in the mainstream of modernization, a different problem exists as they try to maintain their cultural heritage and identity.
For those trusting in traditional religion, whether it is animistic or nominally Christian traditions, the greatest need is for them to hear and respond to the good news. Pray that many people would believe and have a vital and personal faith.
Text source: Copyright © Southeast Asia Link – SEALINK. Used with permission.
Article Arrangement By: Harry George
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