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    Paganism, animism or Polytheism? an investigation into the labeling and categorisation of traditional belief system of the Kadazandusun

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    The article surveys the difficulties associated with the attempts to describe the Kadazandusun belief system, which includes attempts to label it as pagan, animist or polytheist. The characteristics of the traditional Kadazandusun belief system are compared against these three concepts and the authors observe that both animistic and polytheistic elements are present. The authors highlight the fact that the Kadazandusun once believed in a hierarchy of deities. They show the similarities between Kadazandusun polytheism and the polytheistic forms of belief found in well-known civilisations such as Greece and China. Besides, the authors argue that the Kadazandusun are not pagan but they did posses their own belief system before the majority of them embraced the Christian and the Muslim faiths. By approaching the subject in this manner, it is hoped that a more accurate understanding of the traditional belief system of the Kadazandusun people can subsequently be obtained. More importantly, this article establishes beyond doubt that the traditional Kadazandusun do in fact posses system of belief, one that is a folk religion in its own right

    Engaging the Bajau laut: Establishing affinity with the community through the use of their language

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    The Bajau Laut, also known as ‘Sea Gypsies,’ are one of the ethnic groups that are difficult to research because of their remote locations and habitations. The researcher provides a list of these habitations and the varying degrees of access afforded to them. The Bajau language is one of the key methods for engaging them. This paper discusses how researchers can utilise the Bajau language to establish initial familiarity with Bajau individuals and communities. The researcher describes the Bajau Language in brief and lists down words, phrases, and the functions that they play in Bajau Laut society. The author goes on to describe how the language that is spoken by one or two other coastal ethnic groups in Sabah is generally spoken and/or understood by the Bajau Laut The researcher considers several specific sets of words in the Bajau language, in particular those dealing with kinship, security, food, health, family origins and others

    Descent groups among cognatic societies: the Dusun tribes of Inland Sabah/North Borneo

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    In the following discussion, the authors present a comparison of various societies in Borneo which includes for the first time a society that features descent groups. The claim that the Dusun society of the Upper Labuk River in inland North Borneo or Sabah possesses descent groups is one that has yet to be acknowledged in the wider Borneo literature. Descent groups are typically representative of some form of lineally ordered kinship system. Claims that unilineal or ambilineal kinship systems might exist in Borneo have been greeted with little interest, with caution or sometimes with outright rejection. By comparing the social groups produced by the Dusun society of the Upper Labuk River against the social groups produced by the more typical cognatic societies of Borneo, we are putting forward the claim that kinship systems are, at least in this region, a matter of great importance to the kind of social groups that are subsequently produced. The authors are not, however, claiming that lineally ordered kinship systems are in and of themselves able to produce structurally stable groups. Although the following discussion does necessarily refer to one model of tribal organisation derived from a lineally ordered society in Africa, it goes on to show that the lineally ordered Dusun tribes of Borneo were uniquely a product of local arrangements established for the purpose of accommodating a native customary law prohibiting marriages between close cousins

    Understanding Student Perception Regarding the Use of ChatGPT in Their Argumentative Writing: A Qualitative Inquiry

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    This study is a qualitative study to understand perception regarding the use of ChatGPT in their argumentative writing. Argumentative writing equips students with the opportunity to emulate scientists, allowing them to collect data, analyse, and justify their findings while addressing research questions. This method has been proven to enhance both their learning and critical thinking abilities. However, with the rise of AI tools like ChatGPT, which are becoming increasingly popular among university students, concerns have emerged about their potential impact on students' capacity to craft argumentative papers. This study delves into these concerns, focusing on students' perceptions of ChatGPT's role in their argumentative writing endeavours. Employing qualitative research methods, seventeen students were selected as respondents using purposive sampling. The respondents were tasked with reflecting on this issue. The results from the analysis of documents indicated that although students acknowledge the extensive capabilities of ChatGPT, including its ability to provide information and guidance and decrease both research expenses and time consumption, they also voice apprehensions. These include doubts about ChatGPT's accuracy, potential over-reliance which could diminish their learning and critical thinking, and the looming risk of plagiarism. The study suggests that while embracing these tools can help produce meaningful argumentative writing more efficiently, caution must be taken to avoid unchecked use of ChatGPT in writing

    Understanding Student perception regarding the use of chatGPT in their argumentative writing: A qualitative inquiry

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    This study is a qualitative study to understand perception regarding the use of ChatGPT in their argumentative writing. Argumentative writing equips students with the opportunity to emulate scientists, allowing them to collect data, analyse, and justify their findings while addressing research questions. This method has been proven to enhance both their learning and critical thinking abilities. However, with the rise of AI tools like ChatGPT, which are becoming increasingly popular among university students, concerns have emerged about their potential impact on students' capacity to craft argumentative papers. This study delves into these concerns, focusing on students' perceptions of ChatGPT's role in their argumentative writing endeavours. Employing qualitative research methods, seventeen students were selected as respondents using purposive sampling. The respondents were tasked with reflecting on this issue. The results from the analysis of documents indicated that although students acknowledge the extensive capabilities of ChatGPT, including its ability to provide information and guidance and decrease both research expenses and time consumption, they also voice apprehensions. These include doubts about ChatGPT's accuracy, potential over-reliance which could diminish their learning and critical thinking, and the looming risk of plagiarism. The study suggests that while embracing these tools can help produce meaningful argumentative writing more efficiently, caution must be taken to avoid unchecked use of ChatGPT in writing
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