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Thursday, January 12, 2012

"The Headhunters of Borneo"Animated Movie: Based on a true story of KadazanDusun Headhunter Warrior-" LIMPING PAYAU"

Beside the renowned name of Kazandusun's Legendary Headhunter MONSOPIAD (Monsopiad Cullture Village in Sabah named after his name).

The Headhunters of Borneo" Movie: Based on a true story of KadazanDusun Headhunter Warrior-" LIMPING PAYAU"
LIMPING PAYAU is another Legendary KadazanDusun after MONSOPIAD??
"The Headhunters of Borneo" animated movie was Inspired by a true story of Limping Payau,.Another name that recently attracted the media after the The Headhunters of Borneo Movie.which produced by CHINA Production that depicts the life of legendary Kadazan headhunter warrior Limping Payau ("Limping Deer" in English) - a tribal leader known for his hunting skills and whose death at the hands of his rivals spawned a fierce inter-tribal conflict spanning two generations. The hostility was eventually resolved by his descendents, some of whom went on to become Malaysia's prominent nation builders such  Dr Maximus Ongkili. "
For the first time in history, Malaysian content will be aired on free TV in mainland China through Nanning TV,”The Star(January 10,2012)
THE STAR(JAN 10,2012)

The movie will also be showcased at the China-Asean Expo and the China-Asean Business and Investment Summit.

"Headhunting was chosen as the subject for our first animated movie because it is something that intrigues the public," Centraline, Chief Executive Officer, Damien Leong

 "More importantly, the headhunting culture is an important part of Malaysia's history, specifically in the regions of Sabah and Sarawak. With this movie, we will be able to leverage on home grown expertise and historical sources to create a uniquely Malaysian product for the global audience".

Kamil Othman, Vice President of the Multimedia Development Corporation said:-
This movie will showcase Malaysia's unique cultural history to the world. Jia Yu's and Centraline's innovative approach in taking elements of local culture and history as the basis for their first movie project is to be commended. At a time where our nation leaders are emphasising on the virtues of unity under the Malaysia vision, it is timely that Malaysian content should now reflect the very essence of Malaysia as the melting pot of Asia. Of course, headhunting is no longer practised today but its significance as a way of life in old Borneo makes it a fascinating story on its own " 

The "Headhunters of Borneo" is only one such facet of Malaysian rich history and heritage , and hopefully will open the door for more stories in a similar vein to be turned into entertaining, educational , and even eye opening, content in the future. Not just for Malaysians but for the rest of the world as well,

Headhunting was not practised for bloodlust or barbaric reasons; it was a ritual that defined the tribal society at the time, and that is what that attracted us to the story".
Sabah HEAD-HUNTING PRACTICE from "the wild men of Borneo" point of view??

Elizabeth Mershon's book, With the Wild Men of Borneo, which was published in 1922. In general, Mershon, the wife of a Seventh-day Adventist missionary posted in North Borneo(SABAH), is fairly sympathetic in her portrayal of Sabah's native people, but her designation of them as "the wild men of Borneo" is telling of the impact of a centuries-long depiction of the people of Borneo as—using her term—wild. The book begins as follows:
Borneo! What does the name suggest to your minds? The first thing probably is the "wild man from Borneo." From my childhood days until I arrived in Borneo, all I knew about the country was that was where the wild men lived, and I always imagined that they spent most of their time running around the island cutting off people's heads. Strange to say, even to this day, many people have the same idea. Before you finish reading what I am going to tell you about Borneo and its people, I hope you will have learned that the "wild man from Borneo" is not such a
bad fellow after all (Mershon 1922, 13).

Head-Hunting and the Magang Ceremony in Sabah
Peter R. Phelan

The practice of headhunting has been documented for centuries, more so in the mysterious island of Borneo where it is often portrayed as a bloodthirsty rite of passage during warfare. The practice of headhunting is not confined to warfare only but has deeper spiritual significance to the practitioners themselves and their descendants.
The most meaningful ceremony associated with headhunting is the magang ceremony. This ceremony is a long, drawn out ceremony lasting up to seven days. Families whose ancestors were headhunters and were still keeping the skulls in their houses were required to perform this ceremony to propitiate or pay respect to the spirits that are believed to reside in the skulls or to introduce the skulls to a new home. This book gives readers a rare insight into this ceremony, where three families performed the lengthy, and probably the last, rituals in 1974 in the Penampang district of Sabah.
In Pagan Kadazan, headhunting used to be a revered custom. In those days skulls were significant not only religiously but also socially. Skulls were presented as dowry to the bride, without which a man cannot get married. In Kadazan society, particularly that in Penampang region, the skulls are to be fed with blood in a ceremony called Magang. The pictures are related to the Magang ceremony in Monsopiad, Penampang. Unlike other cultures where the skulls are held communally, all the 42 skulls shown here were collected by just one man, Monsopiad, making him legendary in his time

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