Photo: Traditional Rungus longhouses.

Rungus villages

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The Kudat area is home to the Rungus ethnic people, a sub-group of the Kadazan-Dusun, Sabah’s largest indigenous group. Traditionally Rungus folk live in low stilted longhouses with characteristic split bamboo outward sloping walls. About 40 kilometres south of Kudat, a group of Rungus villages open their doors, for a small fee.

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Most are set up for standard tours, and there’s not a lot to see or do (except buy a few souvenirs), however if you’re passing it’s good to support the local villages and you may find something of interest.

Weaver at work. Photo taken in or around Rungus villages, Kudat, Malaysia by Sally Arnold.

Weaver at work. Photo: Sally Arnold

Much of Rungus culture is still strong, although many Rungus hold regular jobs and live in modern houses. Traditional dress is black, decorated with long colourful beaded strands worn crossed over the chest; these days these clothes are only worn at festivals times. Until the recent past, women also wore heavy brass coils around their arms, legs and necks. Traditional music is performed on ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 200 words.)


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