Appell, George N.. The nature of social groupings among the Rungus Dusun of Sabah, Malaysia

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Chapter One Introduction

The State Of Sabah, Malaysia

The History Of Sabah *

Distribution Of Population *


The Term Dusun

The Dusun Language Family

The Dusun Populations: Their Interrelationships And Their Relations With Neighboring Societies

The Rungus Dusun And Their Environment

Chapter Two The Rungus Domestic Family: Structure And Developmental Cycle


The Potential Deleteriousness Of Sexual Relations

Directives As To The Selection Of Spouses

Preferences In Choice Of Spouses


Bride Price (buru)

The Wedding Ceremony (maguntong)

Freedom Of Choice In Selection Of Spouse

Post-nuptial Behavior Of The Bride

Temporary Post-nuptial Residence

Setting Up A Separate Household

The Longhouse Apartment Of The Domestic Family

Residence And The Ties Of Kinship

Recruitment Of Members To The Domestic Family

Dissolution Of The Domestic Family At The End Of Its Developmental Cycle

Composition Of The Domestic Family And The Developmental Cycle Sample.

Summary And Conclusion

Chapter Three Kinship Terminology And Social Relationships In The Domestic Family

Kinship Terminology

Symmetrical Kin Relationships

Asymmetrical Relationships


Chapter Four The Property System Of The Rungus Domestic Family


The Swidden Activities Of The Domestic Family

Domestic Animals

Objects Which Are Considered Scarce Goods In The Rungus Property System

Property Classes


Classes Of Successors To Tinungkusan

The Indopuan Do Nongkob Or Family Property

Jural Relationships Within The Domestic Family With Respect To The Property Of The Family

Division Of Family Property At Divorce

Principles Of Devisal

Summary Of Jural Relationships Within The Family With Respect To Property

The Jural Nature Of The Rungus Domestic Family

Chapter Five Religion And The Domestic Family


Rituals And Ceremonies Of Health And Illness

Orintadan And Akadangan

Rituals And Ceremonies Of Death

The Ritual Delicts Of Komomoli And Kotiguras

Rituals And Ceremonies For The Swiddens

The Significance Of Ceremonies


Chapter Six The Longhouse Community



Longhouse Size And Developmental Cycle

Joining And Leaving A Longhouse

The Monginan

The Rogon Labut

The Longhouse Entry Ladders

Komomoli And Koriva With Respect To The Longhouse

The Ceremony For The ‘wandering Rogon’

The Web Of Social Relationships In The Longhouse


Chapter Seven The Village


Historical Perspective On The Rungus Village

Village Size

Recruitment To And Separation From A Village

Headmen Of The Rungus Villages

Rights Of Village Residents With Respect To Land

Other Rights Of Residents

Ceremonies And Rituals For The Village


Chapter Eight Change In The Property System Of The Rungus And Its Entailments For Rungus Social Groupings And Other Aspects Of The Social System

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Title: The nature of social groupings among the Rungus Dusun of Sabah, Malaysia

Published By: [s.l.]: [s.n.], [1965]. xi, 365, iv, xvii: ill.

By line: G. N. Appell

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 2002. Computer File

Culture: Rungus Dusun (OC13)

Subjects: Property (420); Family (590); Community (620); Offenses and sanctions (680); Spirits and gods (776); Religious practices (780);

Abstract: This is a ethnography of a fairly remote Rungus Dusun village in the Kudat Penninsula of northern Sabah state, Malaysia. The Rungus live in villages of one to three longhouses. Although villages and longhouses are social and political units, Appell argues that the domestic family is the main ritual, jural, and corporate unit in Rungus society. He demonstrates this claim by examining the Rungus marriage and residence patterns, and property system. A detailed analysis of Dusun spirits, taboos, delicts, and suits also demarcate households as distinct units. He discusses the impact the change to individual ownership of land will have on Dusun society. The appendix includes a four-page glossary.

Document Number: 1

Document ID: oc13-001

Document Type: Component part(s), monograph

Language: English

Note: Thesis (Ph.D.) -- The Australian National University, 1965 Includes bibliographical references (Bibliography i-xvii) Maps not included: 1.1 and 1.2.

Field Date: 1959-1963

Evaluation: Ethnologist-4,5

Analyst: Ian Skoggard ; 2000

Coverage Date: 1959-1963

Coverage Place: Kudat District, Sabah, Malaysia

LCSH: Dusun (Bornean people)


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