Adventures of Ngarayang was the official theater show for Sabah Fest 2012 and was held at the new JKKN complex along Jalan Penampang in Kota Kinabalu city. Having attended the end of the Kaamatan or Harvest Festival last year, this time around I was invited to catch this unique cultural theater show at the beginning of the Kaamatan.
I have heard about this from friends in Sabah but did not have the slightest clue on how or what would take place during this show. Well, after catching the Adventures of Ngarayang theater show on the first day, it totally opened my eyes that such an elaborate theater performance was actually held here in Sabah Borneo and was of international standards.
Having sailed around the region and heading back to his home land, he makes a stop at the north of Sabah at the island of Banggi to replenish stocks and so on. Here he encounters a local tribe called the Dusun Bonggi where he witnesses a rare ritual called Baballang and also the Tabadak dance.
His prayers had been answered as he had been thinking of her ever since laying eyes back then. Eventually they got married and he decided to live in this new land. As a memorial to the event, he decided to name the place where his ship ran aground to Karambunai. Karam means sinking in Bruneian language.