Cosmology and World-View among the Bajau: The Supernatural Beliefs and Cultural Evolution

  title={Cosmology and World-View among the Bajau: The Supernatural Beliefs and Cultural Evolution},
  author={H. S. M. Yakin},
  journal={Mediterranean journal of social sciences},
  • H. S. M. Yakin
  • Published 2013
  • Sociology
  • Mediterranean journal of social sciences
The focal objective of this paper is to elucidate the cosmology and world-view among the Bajau society by focusing on certain symbols in death rituals namely the bangkai-bangkaian, duang and ngeduang as well as the mayang pinang and kelambu jomo matai. The existence of those symbols reveals that the Bajau believes in the supernatural beings and power. However, due to modernization, the phenomenon of cultural transformation has become massive and difficult to avoid, and has brought a new… Expand
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