The following article was written by Tan Sri Herman Luping and published on The Daily Express on 4 September 2011.
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THERE is a difference between the Nunuk Ragang legendary first person, Kinoingan and Kinoingan the accepted name in Kadazandusun for God in the Bible.
I mentioned this in my article in this series. I thank Marcel Jude, for understanding precisely what I meant.
Marcel is a practising lawyer and has a fine grasp of the law as well as history and social sciences.
He is also well versed in Kadazan legends. His account of the history of God is very sound.
He must have read the book written by a former nun, Karen Amstrong entitled " The History of God".
According to the Tangaah of Penampang Nunuk Ragang story or legend, two children, male and female, came out from a rock which had split open at the banks of the Tampias river. The rock was underneath a big nunuk tree (banyan or fig tree) and the two children lived under the canopies of the tree whose foliage when seen from afar was red - hence Nunuk Ragang. The two children's name, according to the Penampang legend were Kinoingan and Suminundu. They were human beings with supernatural powers, therefore considered semi divine, but not God.