Do you know what this is?
In Malaysia, it is known as ‘gong’. In the old days, ‘gong’ was used as musical instrument in ritual ceremonies and wedding ceremonies. Today the gong is kept as part of a family heirloom. In my family heirloom possession, we have 4 old gongs which were inherited from our ancestors and more gongs to keep as we are also keen in buying antique gong. 😉
During my brother’s wedding held at Keningau, Sabah, gongs were played during the wedding ceremony. Being a very curious person especially in material culture, I asked the elder people whether there is any story behind the gong among the Kadazan Dusun community.
I was told that there must be seven gongs as the number 7 represent 7 children of a reputable couple (I’ve forgotten the name ;p ) based on a local legend story. The number 7 is also seen as lucky number among the community.
Any Sabahan reader out there can share on this legend story?