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Wanderlust | Time-travelling in Sabah

Audience participation in blowing the Murut blowpipe

Kota Kinabalu may have all the luxuries of a modern metropolis but there is one place in Inanam, just half an hour away from the city, that takes visitors back in time.

This story appeared on Page 10 of the March 3, 2020 issue of Mindanao Times. Click on the photo to download a copy.

Tucked in a tropical rainforest is Mari Mari Cultural Villages, a nod to Sabah’s pre-history and peek to the archaic lifestyles of the early Sabahans.

In this vast property, we got to meet members of the Bajau, Lundayeh, Murut, Rungus and Kadazan Dusun tribal communities and witnessed their daily routines, from cooking and sampling their staple food, to making leather and fermenting wines from local grains.

Making leather from animal hide from the Lundayeh tribe

We also observed a Murut tribal recreation called “lansaran” right inside their longhousem In this activity, male members of tribe merrily jump on a platform made from bamboo and wood in order to reach their prizes tied from the ceiling.

Some activities were also interactive, such as fire-making from bamboo, blowing the Murut blowpipe weapon, dancing the “magunatip”, which is reminiscent of our “singkil” and “tinikling”.

The tour also afforded us to visit the traditional homes of ethnic Sabahans.

“These homes, which architecture was based on our tribes’ traditional designs, were actuality built by our descendants,” said one member of the Bajau tribe.

Local rice wine from the Kadazan Dusun tribe

The homes differ from each other in terms of function, spiritual and communal beliefs, cultural traditions as well as their mystical belief systems.

“Our ancestors lived a simple life because nature has provided us everything we need,” said guide Mohammad Harif, who goes by his nickname Arif.

A Bajau delicacy, a version of Mindanao’s “amik” or “lokot-lokot”

Arif, an expert guide of the cultural village, revealed to us that Mari Mari actually means “come-come”.

We concluded our visit to the villages with a delectable feast of Sabahan cuisine.

A traditional welcome greeting from the Murut tribe

More than just monuments of the past, Mari Mari Cultural Villages is truly a living museum, where the past meets the present and where visitors can fully immerse with the gifts of their forbears and Mother Nature.

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