Kota Kinabalu, People and Places, Street Photography.

ancient jars (tajau) at the house of skulls

Posted in Around Kota Kinabalu, Black & white, Cultural Village by 1davidstella on June 15, 2010
ancient jars (tajau) at the house of skulls

Old tajau (jar) at the House of Skulls, Monsopiad Cultural village. The 2nd from left is the Panding Tiga, a 16th century ceremonial jar originally from Thailand. Dried hisab palm leaves ward off evil spirits.

These ancient jars sit in the House of Skulls at the Monsopiad Cultural Village. In the middle of this house, 42 skulls covered with dried hisad palm leaves, hang from the roof. They were beheaded by Monsopiad, the Kadazan warrior. The leaves are said to keep away evil spirits.

The Monsopiad Cultural Village is constructed on ancestral grounds and is run by the 6th and 7th direct descendants of Monsopiad who lived some 300 years ago. It is located about 16 km from Kota Kinabalu city, in the district of Penampang, the Kadazan heartland.

The Monsopiad Cultural Village was one of the venues of “The Amazing Race 4”, Leg 8.

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