Unsur kepercayaan dan kearifan tempatan dalam memorat perubatan tradisional etnik Murut Tahol di Sabah

Translated title of the contribution: Elements of local beliefs and wisdom in the traditional healing memorates of the Tahol Murut of Sabah

Normadiah Nassir, Low Kok On, Ismail Ibrahim, Supyan Hussin

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A memorate is a type of legend passed on orally from one generation to another and perceived as truth or real by those who uphold such beliefs. Many Western and local researchers have found legends to be records of the knowledge of people in the past. In this study, 26 Tahol Murut informants were interviewed during field work conducted in several villages located in the Kemabong subdistrict of Sabah. These interviews generated a total of 25 memorates which were recorded, transcribed and documented. This research utilised the in-depth interview and focus group interview methods. The focus of this paper is the relationship between memorates and the physical and spiritual healings of the Tahol Murut ethnic community. The elements of local beliefs and wisdom found in the memorates were analysed based on interpretation and comparison methods. The analysis found that the Murut Tahol people believed in dreams, supernatural beings and certain animals that were perceived as able to assist in the healing of spiritual afflictions (such as spiritual possession and disturbances) and physical illness (such as injury, fever and stomach ache). Such beliefs are universal among the various ethnic groups in Sabah and Sarawak, the Malays and other races as well. In terms of local wisdom, this study found the Tahol Murut skilful at identifying the types and characteristics of plants that had medicinal value. They were also adept in the preparation of various types of traditional medicine and the use of 'sasampui' (a type of spell) in physical and spiritual healing. In conclusion, this study found memorates had significantly influenced the traditional healing practice of the Tahol Murut ethnic community throughout time and invariably reflect the local wisdom and belief in the efficacy of their inherited healing methods.

Original languageMalay
Pages (from-to)59-88
Number of pages30
JournalKemanusiaan
Volume24
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017

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Unsur kepercayaan dan kearifan tempatan dalam memorat perubatan tradisional etnik Murut Tahol di Sabah. / Nassir, Normadiah; On, Low Kok; Ibrahim, Ismail; Hussin, Supyan.

In: Kemanusiaan, Vol. 24, No. 2, 01.01.2017, p. 59-88.

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Nassir, Normadiah ; On, Low Kok ; Ibrahim, Ismail ; Hussin, Supyan. / Unsur kepercayaan dan kearifan tempatan dalam memorat perubatan tradisional etnik Murut Tahol di Sabah. In: Kemanusiaan. 2017 ; Vol. 24, No. 2. pp. 59-88.
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