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SACRIFICIAL RITUALS CONDUCTED AT MOUNT KINABALU TO APPEASE SPIRITS

KUNDASANG, Sabah, Malaysia - Sacrifices of buffaloes were made at the foothills of Mount Kinabalu Saturday as villagers living in its vicinity sought to “cool down” the spirits of the mountain, just two weeks after an earthquake killed 18 people there.
A magnitude 5.9 earthquake shook Mount Kinabalu, causing rock and boulder avalanches that killed 18 people, including four mountain guides. 
The Kadazandusun considered sacred to Sabah’s indigenous communities, had been desecrated by the 10 foreigners who stripped naked on the mountain on May 30.
The monolob ritual was carried out simultaneously at the Kinabalu Park in Kundasang and at Mamut in Ranau. 
The ceremony at the Kinabalu Park saw bobolian or Kadazandusun shaman Abas Rintingan, 93, slaughtering a buffalo near the Timpohon Gate where climbers begin their trek up the mountain. 
The ceremony was organised by the Council of Elders of Mount Kinabalu, comprising representatives of the Bundu Tuhan and Kiau.

Source: The Star
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