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The ultimate mission and objective of Monsopiad Cultural Village :

:: Cultural Village

The mission and objective of the Cultural Village is to become a Living Museum, a showcase of Kadazandusun culture, and a unique attraction for travelers to Sabah, be they from international or Malaysians.

The objective of creating a living museum is that people take part in the different activities and thus acquire first hand experience.

Many daily activities at the village are the customary work of the people here. Such as preparing the rice, the making of lihing (rice-wine), and handicrafts.

Through informal educational ways, the village also aims at assisting in creating a cultured and knowledgeable society, and installing pride amongst the many ethnic entities in Sabah, particularly amongst the Kadazandusun. This will also create greater awareness of the importance of Sabah's cultures amongst Sabahan themselves, and enhance their cultural identity.


:: Research Centre

The village also aims at becoming a centre of research and dissemination of information for the cultural, historical and natural heritage of the Kadazan people.

The objectives of the village as research centre are to record the wisdom of the Bobohizan, to write down the old stories and legends, and document and keep alive traditional crafts. Equally, traditional music and dances are being taught and performed in the village.

Documenting the rich cultural heritage of the Kadazandusun people involves intensive research especially in the field of traditional healing, traditional herbs, folklores and the old traditional belief in spirits. Link to this belief in spirits, is the go between of Bobohizans, who, sad to say, are disappearing at an alarming rate with nobody taking over their profession.

Before the Bobohizans goes into extinction because of modernization, the Management of Monsopiad Cultural Village attempt to undertake the difficult task of documenting the ancient rituals now rarely conducted by them and to record their ancient prayer and incantations in the belief, that one day the document texts and records will become an important source of materials for scholars. The same goes with folklores and traditional herbal medicines.