Monday, June 9, 2008

Idahan & Kedayans, 1846

Written by Arimi Sidek

Coastal Muslim from the eastern section of the Archipelago, mainly Bajau (Sama), used the term "Ida'an" (alternatively rendered "Idahan" or "Idaan") to refer to similar, non-Muslim peoples but particularly to those in Sabah.

Idahan girls

This term appeared in the journals of early English voyagers to the Borneo coast (see Forrest, 1779:368), and it continued to occur with frequency in reports on northern Borneo into the late 1800's.

However, the term "Ida'an" sometimes was not restricted to the Dusun-speaking populations alone, but included in addition the Murut peoples (Low, 1848:343), the Kedayan of Brunei (Keppel, 1846:194-195), and so on.


Appell, G.N. 1968. The Dusun language of northern Borneo: the Rungus Dusun and related problem1. Reprinted from Oceanic Linguistics, VOL. VII, NO. 1, Summer, 1968 by George N. Appell, Ph.D., Brandeis University.


dusunbukit - sama & ida'an |2008-06-12 02:31:36
not all the bajau etnics are 'sama'. the term 'sama' only used for those in the west coast areas, especially kota belud. the word 'sama' used by the non-muslim natives in referring to the muslim natives. some 'sama' are in fact belong to 'idaan' group but changed to 'sama' after their conversion to Islam. these are proven back in the 1950's to late 1960's. case in point: the late tun said keruak is originally 'idaan' from the tindal tribe. his 'idaan' name is sintom keruak

the muslim natives used the term 'idaan' referring to the non-muslim natives living in the highland areas.

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