敬畏山神的意图

I am in awe of my wife’s spiritual connection to Nature, something that the Western world seems to have lost a long time ago.
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关于人与大自然“敬天畏地”的链接,我们能够接受宫崎骏的《幽灵公主》、好莱坞的《Avatar》,无奈部分网民却无法接受本地原住民的“山神论”。“山神论”原本的意图是“敬天畏地”的思维,正是这种思维让神山几千年来得以维护,免于大型开发的命运。2000年,神山成为大马第一个世界自然遗产,联合国说祂最宝贵的地方不是在于祂的高度,而是在于祂的生物多样性。山不在高,有仙则名;水不在深,有龙则灵也。

一座生物多样的花园之所以美丽,是因为每一种植物有各式各样的生长方式、开花季节等,互不干扰,互相尊重。他人的无害意见,可以不认同,但无需诋毁之。反而我们可以学习蜜蜂,全年无休地采集精华,酿成甜美的蜂蜜。

p/s: 至于政客的“山神论”,则需要看其意图,是推卸责任或是推广“敬天畏地”,方可下定论。

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Retrieved from Chris Quarrie facebook:

I am deeply saddened by the events that have recently transpired in Sabah, for a number of reasons.

First, I extend my heartfelt sympathies to the families of the victims of the earthquake. My deepest condolences. To the rescuers, we honour you.

I am fortunate enough to have been allowed to climb Mount Kinabalu, and I will always remember the welcoming porters who tolerate tourists climbing her with kindness and hospitality. I admire the Dusun women who carry giant tubs of water up the mountain to the waypoint, Laban Rata (wearing only sandals!).

The people of Sabah are some of the gentlest people I have ever had the fortune to know. Who would have thought I would meet and marry a Kadazandusun from Tambunan! I am blessed to be part of such a beautiful family. I am in awe of my wife’s spiritual connection to Nature, something that the Western world seems to have lost a long time ago.

Sabahans are compassionate people with a warrior spirit, and have a rich indigenous tradition. Mount Kinabalu is not ‘just a mountain’. It holds a place of deep significance, particularly to the natives. They do not ask much of tourists – they know that most will make little or no attempt to learn their language. They tolerate rudeness with a smile and only ask that tourists show some respect to their culture and traditions.

When I found out that Canadians were involved in the recent ‘strip down’ on the mountain (on May 30 no less— they are likely blissfully ignorant of the significance of doing this on Kaamatan), I only hoped that they were contrite, and made immediate, public apologies. When I found out that they swore at the porters, and urinated on the mountain, I was infuriated. Canadians have worked hard to build up a good reputation as tourists and travelers, and these few have managed to soil our reputation in the eyes of many Sabahans, perhaps forever. They have continued to show disrespect and are doing more damage to the reputation of Canada than they likely know. When Sabahans say that their lewd behaviour is what caused the earthquake, this may sound ‘ridiculous’ to some. But it is their belief and we need to respect it.

I hope that the people of Sabah realise that not all Canadians are ignorant. I hope that the people responsible for the disrepectful behaviour are punished to the fullest extent of the law. They should be fined or jailed, and asked to perform community service. Although this will not erase what they have done, hopefully it will make them realize how seriously they have offended one of the last guardians of the natural world as we know it. Siou poh kumaa tulun Sabah.

— with Michelle Kiob.

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