THE PADDY RITES OF PASSAGE & ASSOCIATED RITUALS

To the Kadazandusun rice farmers, the Kaamatan festival is part and parcel of wholesome ceremonial rites of passage of the paddy plant. Two main types of paddy are cultivated: the wet field paddy and the dry hill paddy. Thus there are two types of paddy cultivation being the wet paddy cultivation and the dry or hill paddy cultivation.

The padi rites of passage and their corresponding rituals differ slightly between the two modes of padi farming but the underlying belief and rationale are basically the same.

The hill paddy rites of passage ceremonies shared by the Tindals of Kota Belud and the Bunduliwans of Kiulu, Kundasang, Ranau and Tambunan have lots of commonalities.

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