PHOTO ESSAY: Talaandigs’ Panalawahig

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SONGCO, Lantapan, Bukidnon (MindaNews / 14 October) — Indigenous Peoples of Bukidnon hold rituals for various purposes. Requirements such as the number of chickens and other offerings, may differ from one tribe to another and depend on the significance of a specific ritual. But common among these practices is the intention to seek the protection and guidance of spirits in daily human affairs.

The Talaandig, an indigenous tribe inhabiting Lantapan town and adjoining parts of the province, opened their annual Talaandig Day on October 11. Set to culminate on October 14, the celebration started with a Panalawahig or ritual for the spirit of the water called Pamulalakaw, beside the Alanib River, one of the town’s major waterways.

Each household that attended the ritual brought their own chickens for the event. After the panampulot, the last part of the ritual where the spirits would be invited to partake of the food, the families shared lunch beside the river before going home to prepare for the next three days of the celebration. (H. Marcos C. Mordeno / MindaNews)

A Talaandig baby tries to play the bamboo flute of his father. MindaNews photo by H. MARCOS C. MORDENO
Datu Migketay Victorino Saway invokes the spirits during the ritual attended by around 200 members of the Talaandig community. MindaNews photo by H. MARCOS C. MORDENO
At the ritual site of the Talaandigs. MindaNews photo by H. MARCOS C. MORDENO
Aside from chickens and other food items, Lumads use buyo or betel leaves for rituals. MindaNews photo by H. MARCOS C. MORDENO
Lumads believe that sacrificing animals will appease the spirits and protect humans from harm. MindaNews photo by H. MARCOS C. MORDENO
A bangkasu or altar where offerings are placed during a ritual. MindaNews photo by H. MARCOS C. MORDENO
Alanib River has been the site of the Panalawahig ritual since the holding of the first Talaandig Day in 1996. MindaNews photo by H. MARCOS C. MORDENO
While other Lumad tribes in Mindanao tend to be male-centered, Talaandig women hold leadership positions and freely voice their views on community affairs. MindaNews photo by H. MARCOS C. MORDENO

 

 

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