Faith and Nature on the Sacred Peak: North Borneo, Malaysia
Mt. Kinabalu, with an elevation of 4,095 meters, is a majestic presence in Malaysian North Borneo, and a World Heritage Site. But from 2020, tourism has been hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. Some indigenous people see a connection with the 2015 earthquake, believing both to be due to divine wrath. In this episode, we meet the residents of this region who live while respecting the sanctity of nature, and seek new ways to sustain themselves.
Malaysia's Mt. Kinabalu is revered as a sacred mountain by the local populace
Sonetha Sining is a member of the Dusun people, and works to preserve the forests
The indigenous people hold a ceremony to appease the god of the mountain
Linopot, a traditional rice dish now being served in homestays