A significant part of Kadazan history ended a fortnight ago on Nov. 13 with the passing of Anthony Jomikik Lojuta at age 94. … What is less known was that Jomikik, as he was popularly known, was the last remaining physical link to the Kadazan community’s head-hunting past. Not that he was a head-hunter but that he inherited several skulls that are believed to be at least more than 300 years old or more.
… Although a Christian, he identified himself more as a pagan, partly due to his responsibility in caring for the spirits of the skulls, who he said he was able to communicate with in his own way.
Even at that time, he was concerned by what would happen to his charges once he was gone.
It’s always a loss to the world when we lose part of our past.