The Legend Of Nabau(a giant snake)

According to Iban legend, Nabau is a giant snake comparable to the size of a drum and is more than 100 feet in length. The recent sighting of Nabau cruising along the Baleh River in Kapit has some resemblance to the Loch Ness monster known as Nessie in Scotland. Judging by the photographs taken of Nabau, could the two animals of a similar breed?

Before going into the Nabau story, let me give the readers some information on the Loch Ness monster. It was first sighted by St. Columba in 565AD when he and his followers crossed the loch (lake) and since then it has been sighted now and then. The last sighting was reported on 17 June 1998. Many have described it just like a log, then up-turned boat or a large object with long tail.

On 30 November 1989, George Edwards discovered what looked like the hiding place of the monster in a depth of 812 feet of the loch. So many people including scientists have conducted a search for the elusive monster. One American, Robert Rines, now aged 85, has spent 37 years searching for the animal.

Now back to our Nabau, a member of the disaster relief committee, Sibu on 31 January 2009 was monitoring the flood situation in Ulu Rajang in a helicopter when he saw a monster that looked like a big snake cruising along the river. He took photographs of the monster at 5.30 pm at one of the Sungai Baleh tributaries from the helicopter.

According to Chuat Radin, the monster was Nabau, a python-type of snake, a much bigger in size and much longer in length. Among the Iban folk tales, super Nabau is like a petara (god) which has super natural powers. Seeing it alone will bring luck to the man. Its scales used by Iban as pangkor which give super strength, someone like the incredible Hulk.

Nabau has also been seen at Stambak Ulu and Ili in Betong and else where in Sarawak. In Africa and Sri Lanka this type of snake is known as anaconda.

There were tales among the Ibans in Kapit that when Temenggong Koh, Datuk Kenneth Kanyans father passed away in 1950s, he became a Nabau and used to appear in dreams. Koh was one of the pioneering Ibans who migrated to Entawau during the Brooke regime. As he was knowledgeable in Iban Adat and had the respect of the Brooke regime, he was made a Temenggong, the paramount chief of the Ibans.

But does Nabau really exist in Sarawak? And is the one seen at Sungai Baleh a Nabau or not?

Thus search and research should be conducted now by individuals or by those in authority such as the Sarawak Museum and the Ministry of Tourism to determine the existence of this huge creature.

Like in Scotland, where once a year Nessie festival is being organised, the authority in Kapit perhaps can organise such a festival. For what you know, the Nabau story can now become the star attraction as well as bringing more luck to Kapit such as in the form of development and road construction which the people have been asking for in the past 45 years. - The Broken Shield


The pictures look fake.

Seeing it alone will bring luck to the man. Its scales used by Iban as pangkor which give super strength, someone like the incredible Hulk.

err u mean if u see it u can be incredible hulk??
if so , the man hu take the pic got luck lor??

anywayz… the pic got something fishy… need to have a nearly pic of it… hmmm…

bump for the legend of nabau… :slight_smile:

Just to correct some of your fact. Anaconda is a species of snake ( constrictor) found only in south and central america. Anyway i believe that this mega size snake still exist(nabau aka naga) coz in every race in sarawak has a legend about this snake.

That is one HUGE snake…seeing it makes you a incredible Hulk eh?i wanna see it then…by the way,according to my grandfather’s tale,he said when he first came to Borneo to kuching from china…it was at night,where many people saw a giant snake (dragon for chinese people) in the sea…when they are closing to dock at harbor…it was a good story though…i used to believe in him when i was a child…

there were many legend’s in this world,you cant catch one…doesnt meant it doesnt exsist…i believe in legends… :mrgreen:


Is it real? Or is it a hoax?

The Spray Photograph
November 12, 1933: Hugh Gray was walking back from church when he saw an object of considerable dimensionsmaking a big splash with spray on the surface of the Loch. Luckily he had his camera with him, so he began snapping pictures. Only one of the pictures showed anything. Nessie believers hailed it as the first photographic evidence of the monster. Skeptics, however, dismissed it as a blurry mess that doesnt show anything at all. Many have suggested that it looks like a distorted image of a dog (perhaps Mr. Grays own) carrying a stick in its mouth as it swims through water.

The Surgeons Photo
April 19, 1934: Colonel Robert Wilson, a surgeon, was driving along the north shore of the Loch early in the morning when he noticed something large moving in the water, so he stopped and took a picture of it. At least, that was his story. For the next sixty years this picture was regarded as one of the best pieces of evidence of Nessies existence. It wasnt until 1994 that the full truth came out. What Wilson had taken a picture of was not the Loch Ness Monster. It was a toy submarine outfitted with a sea-serpent head. Moreover, Wilson himself hadnt even taken the picture. He had simply been the frontman for an elaborate hoax. Read more about the Surgeons Photo hoax.[attachment=7]surgeon_photo.jpg[/attachment]

The Stuart Photograph
July 14, 1951: Forestry Commission employee Lachlan Stuart took a picture of mysterious humps rising from the loch. Over twenty years later researchers visited the spot where he had taken the picture and realized the humps would have been in extremely shallow water close to the shore, meaning that Stuarts monster must have been awfully flat. Confirming their suspicions, author Richard Frere later revealed that Stuart had confessed to him the humps were nothing more than bales of hay covered with tarpaulins.

The MacNab Photograph
July 29, 1955: Bank manager Peter MacNab snapped a photo of something large moving through the water of the loch near Urquhart Castle. But when researcher Roy Mackal studied the photo, he discovered differences between the negative of the image and the print that MacNab had originally shown to the media. Specifically, there was more of the image in the print than there was in the negative (the tree at the bottom left is missing from the negative). This led him to conclude that the negative had been created by re-photographing a print. In other words, it was clear that the image had been doctored.[attachment=4]mcnab_photo.gif[/attachment]

Frank Searle
Frank Searle, a former army captain, arrived in Loch Ness to search for the monster during the early 1970s and soon established a reputation as a definite character. He was like a colonial-style adventurer, assisted by a succession of attractive young monster huntresses. He took an enormous number of photos of Nessie, many of which were published by the media, but all of which have been dismissed by experts as fakes. His early photos, such as the one to the right (taken in October 1972) have been identified as pictures of floating tree trunks. In later photos he progressed to cutting-and-pasting dinosaurs from postcards into his images. Searle left the loch in 1985 and died in 2005.[attachment=2]searle_photo.jpg[/attachment]

The Flipper Photo
August 7, 1972: An expedition to find Nessie led by Dr. Robert Rines of the Academy of Applied Science struck gold when its underwater camera took a picture of what appeared to be the flipper of a large aquatic animal resembling a plesiosaur. However, the relatively clear image of a flipper shown to the public was not quite what the camera had initially recorded. The initial image was far less distinct. (It basically looked like a shot of a bunch of bubbles or sediment in the water.) This initial picture was then computer enhanced by the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratories in Pasadena, and apparently the computer-enhanced image was further artistically enhanced by the Academy of Applied Science team (i.e. it was retouched), thereby producing the final flipper photo. Modern image-enhancement software has not been able to conjure anything resembling a flipper from the original image.[attachment=6]flipper_photo.jpg[/attachment]

Nessiteras Rhombopteryx
1975: Sir Peter Scott of the Loch Ness Phenomena Investigation Bureau participated in the 1972 expedition that produced the flipper photo. Feeling that the photo provided proof that some kind of large creature existed in the loch, he decided to give the animal a scientific name: Nessiteras Rhombopteryx (which meant the Ness wonder with a diamond fin). But London newspapers soon pointed out that if you juggled around the letters in this name, you got the phrase monster hoax by Sir Peter S. Was this evidence that the flipper photo had been a deliberate hoax? Scott denied it. Dr. Rines came to his rescue by pointing out that if you juggled the letters around a bit more, you could spell Yes, both pix are monsters. R.

The Loch Ness Muppet
May 21, 1977: Anthony Doc Shiels claimed that he took this picture while camping beside Urquhart Castle. Its startling clarity (its probably the clearest picture of Nessie ever taken) has made it popular with the public. But its hard to find any expert willing to take it seriously, simply because the creature depicted in it looks so obviously fake. (And its odd that there are no ripples in the water around the neck.) Skeptics refer to Shielss monster as The Loch Ness Muppet. The fact that Shiels was a showman, wizard, and psychic entertainer who was developing a side business as a professional monster hunter didnt help his credibility. Shiels himself commented that while he definitely took photos of lake monsters, he didnt believe in them.
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Conger Eels
May 2, 2001: Two large, serpent-like conger eels were found on the shore of the loch. Since the eels were saltwater creatures and the loch is freshwater, they evidently had been placed there. The leading theory was that a hoaxer, hoping the eels would be mistaken for mini-Nessies, had dumped them there.

The Loch Ness Fossil
July 2, 2003: Gerald McSorley, a Scottish pensioner, found a fossilized section of a plesiosaur vertebrae when he accidentally tripped and fell into the loch. Nessie enthusiasts speculated the fossil might have come from an ancestor of the monster. But subsequent examination revealed the vertebrae were embedded in limestone not found near Loch Ness, and the fossil showed signs of having recently been in a marine environment. In other words, it was clear the fossil had been planted at the loch.[attachment=3]nessiefossil.jpg[/attachment]

The Loch Ness Tooth
March 2005: Two American students visiting Scotland claimed to have found an enormous tooth (possibly belonging to Nessie) lodged in the carcass of a deer along the shore of the loch. However, (so they said) a game warden who happened to be passing by almost immediately confiscated the tooth from them, though not before they got a few pictures of it. The students subsequently created a website to publicize their find and lobby for the return of the tooth. But animal experts identified the tooth from its picture as the antler of a roe muntjac deer. The website and accompanying story then turned out to be a publicity stunt for a horror novel by Steve Alten titled The Loch.[attachment=5]lochnesstooth.jpg[/attachment]

Ithink the size of snake in the first and 2nd pics doesn’t look consistent. BTW, is there any article that I can read about this Nabau? It sounds interesting.

Ripley’s Believe It Or Not…

You see snake, I see dragon… ?

from snake to loch ness then dragon… later Godzilla…

the length of both snake are totally different…so…its a darn fake

I DO believe in legend… bt not tis one…
things tat u canot see, canot touch doesn’t mean it do not exist…

[quote=“khey”]I DO believe in legend… bt not tis one…
things tat u canot see, canot touch doesn’t mean it do not exist…[/quote]
i have to agree with her… doesnt c doesnt mean its not there…

chiak ba bo su zho…=.="

From The Times
February 5, 2009
Giant Titanoboa snake ruled the earth after the dinosaurs

(University of Florida/PA)

The Titanoboa grew to 45ft or more
Lewis Smith, Environment Reporter

A titanic snake that snacked on crocodiles and was longer than a London bus has been identified as the top predator to walk, or at least slither, the land when the dinosaurs disappeared.

It weighed 1.25 tonnes and with a length of 45 feet or more it would have been able to take on and eat pretty much any other animal it came across.

The newly discovered type of snake, named Titanoboa in honour of its immense size, was for 10 million years the largest land predator on earth.

At least 28 individual specimens have been uncovered in Colombia and, with all of them being around 40 feet long, researchers said it is likely the species could have reached much further than 45 feet

Remains of Titanoboa cerrejonensis were found in a layer of rock at the Cerrejon Coal Mine, one of the largest open-pit mines in the world.

Fossils recovered from the site over the last five years have given researchers the most detailed picture yet of life in tropical South America in the years following the disappearance of the dinosaurs.

Alongside the enormous snakes, which were so wide it would have been a squeeze for them to get through a doorway, were fossils of turtles and giant crocodile-like dyrosaurs.

Other fossil finds, including fish, gastropods and plants such as palms, are providing researchers with their first glimpses of the tropical ecosystem that laid the foundations for the Amazon forest.

Jonathan Bloch, of the University of Florida, was one of the researchers who analysed the remains of the snake, the biggest that ever lived.

He said: It was not only the biggest predator in the region, as far as we know, but it was the largest terrestrial vertebrate known on the face of the planet for at least 10 million years.

It could have eaten pretty much anything that came its way. If we had to guess, it probably ate a lot of fish and crocodyliforms.

It is possible that the extinction of the dinosaurs 65 million years opened up the opportunity for the evolution of another top-predator such as Titanoboa.

He added: Truly enormous snakes really spark people’s imagination, but reality has exceeded the fantasies of Hollywood. The snake that tried to eat Jennifer Lopez in the movie Anaconda is not as big as the one we found.

Carlos Jaramillo, of the Smithsonian Institution in Panama, said the specimens uncovered from the mine are likely to have been merely average in size, meaning that some individuals would have been much bigger.

The reticulated python, from South East Asia, is the longest living species recorded, according to Guinness World Records, with one individual reaching almost 33 feet long but the average length for the species is only 20 feet.

The size of the cold-blooded Titanoboa indicated to researchers that the tropical coastal river system it occupied would have been warmer than the tropics today. Using the snakes proportions they worked out that the tropics 60 million years ago would have been about 32C, some 4C warmer than now.

Jason Head, of the University of Toronto in Canada and the Smithsonian Institution, said as the findings were published in the journal Nature: The discovery of Titanoboa challenges our understanding of past climates and environments, as well as the biological limitations on the evolution of giant snakes.

So with the right temperature and the right environment its not impossible our regular python become a huge mothertrucker of a snake.*pxUo6ZhoprXcals6491c6Lcpvu4V-oXLlrphHC3YqUnJJuzz5T1Q74wBzdmm07lkSNOtQjMKj/Nabau1.jpg

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frankly speakin, it looks awfully weird lor for me … but wud if its real ler ? >.<

The pictures are definitely fake.