Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Kaamatan harvest queen set for role

KOTA KINABALU: Like other Kadazandusun children, Crystal Eve Huminodun William Majimbun grew up learning about the legends and folk stories of her community.

But nothing piqued her interest more than her namesake - Huminodun who according to legend was the beautiful daughter of the creator god Kinoingan and his wife Suminondu.

According to legend, Huminodun was sacrificed and from her body sprouted food crops including padi plant to feed mankind in the midst of a famine.

Since then, at each Kaamatan or Harvest Festival celebration, an Unduk Ngadau or Harvest Queen is chosen to remember and pay tribute to Huminodun.

And for a year, the reigning Unduk Ngadau will represent the qualities of Huminodun - beauty, grace, compassion and kindness.

This was among the many lessons Crystal learnt from her mother, Esther Sikayun who was crowned Unduk Ngadau in 1984.

Twenty-six years later, the eldest daughter of Kota Kinabalu District chief William Majimbun was herself crowned Unduk Ngadau as the two-day state-level Kaamatan celebrations drew to a close at the Hongkod Koisaan hall.

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