Kempunan

When I came back home yesterday night, i forgot to write up something in my Blog again. This had been happening for many times now. Today when i feel like updating my blog, what happen is i don’t know what to write at all. But before, there is a lot of ideas that came to my mind. Well I might jote it down when i remember again soon.

By the way I just wanna share something that I learn from the elder in my hometown. Something that you might found nonsense but for me and some of the people out there, this is something that we should not look down at.

The term “Kempunan” is something related to facing a bad events as a result of could not eat something or do what we really want to do.

In Sabah mostly we call it “Tepunan” or “Kepunan”. From my past experience, I’ve found and heard a lot of stories related to “Kempunan” which some related to fatal Accident, Injuries or bad luck. One that i remember the most is the fatal accident of a child that is wishing to eat egg but could not have it.

It was told that the Kid want to eat egg but there is no egg in their house. So the kid manage to got and buy egg at the shop opposite the road. Before he go he never said “tepun” (I’ll let you know what is this later) and caused the bad luck to be with him that day. On the time he passing the road, a car suddenly hit him and he died on the spot. This might because of his carelessness but it is still believed from the “Kempunan” thing.

By the way there is few ways to avoid from being “Kempunan”. One time if you really want to eat something but the thing is not there, you can say “Tepun” or lick both your palm (a small part of palm only but depends on you where you want to lick but the best is only at theĀ  centre of your palm). This two methods means that you will eat the food sometime later and hope that bad luck wont be following you.

I found out the method is still popular in my Hometown and I did do this thing once in a while especially when i go for a long travel.

If you go to friend’s house in Sabah, some of them still apply this thing. For example when they tell you to eat but you refuse as you already eaten, then they will eventually tell you to take a bit to “tepun”.

It is believe that when you “tepun” or lick your palm, you are just like eating a tiny bit of the food. As your palm had been holding a lot of foods before, then it would be like you are tasting the ex-food in your palm.

As time is getting more and more advance, this thing is almost extinct. Hope with this post some of those who believe in old stuff could actully learn this.

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