Kaamatan (Harvest Festival)

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Here's an article about Kaamatan that I've adapted from wikipedia:

The Kaamatan Festival is an annual event in the cultural life of the Kadazandusuns of Sabah since time immemorial. In its deepest sense, Kaamatan festival is a manifestation of Creator and Creation relationship, as well as Inter-Creations relationship. It embodies the principal acts of invocation of divinities, appeasing, purification and restoration, re-union of benevolent spirits, and thanksgiving to the Source of All. It is part of a complex wholesome Momolian religious system centered on the paddy rites of passage and the life cycle of Bambarayon - the in-dwelling spirit of paddy.

Appeasing is done in respect of Bambarayon, Deities, Divinities and Spirits, who may have been hurt by human wrongful, acts. Purification is performed in respect of human and spiritual needs for forgiveness followed by resolutions to make themselves worthy of the gifts of life from God. Restoration in necessary to ensure the health and well being of Bambarayon, mankind and other spiritual beings. Re-union is realised in respect of human needs to be integrated in body, mind and spirit within the concept of the seven-in-one divinity in humanity, as well as re-union of Bambarayon with human Sunduan. Finally Thanksgiving is observed as befitting for all creations to express their gratitude and appreciation for the gifts of life (through Huminodun) and all life supportive system on earth that their Creator lovingly and generously gave them.


So my Kaamatan went like this...Breakdance, breakdance and breakdance....lolz!! Yeah, we danced for Atama at his promotion site. He was promoting his latest album called 'Bakakuk'. FYI, Atama is a local artist here in Sabah and has created the 1st Kadazandusun Hiphop music. He remixed some of the evergreen Kadazandusun songs with a little bit of r&b and Hiphop beat. All of his songs were amazing. One of his songs is still stuck in my head. I was there the whole day together with some of my breakdancing friends. We danced to the beat of Atama's song. Good thing it was HipHop eh? Haha~ There were 5 of us...me, Matt, Jay, Leo and Randy. The moment we started to dance, people who were passing by Atama's promotion site stopped and gathered around to watch us dance. It was fun. We even battled each other. Haha...

We danced on this... Our names were written on it.. haha~ wat a mess...

Atama is the one with the shades. The guy with the brown shirt is AJ. He is featured in one of Atama's tracks.

I must say...my Kaamatan this year was a whole lot fun than the previous years.

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