The Manóbos of Mindanáo

Memoirs of the National Academy of Sciences, Volume XXIII, First Memoir

Author: John M. Garvan
Published: 1931
Language: English
Wordcount: 179,715 / 540 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 37.4
LoC Categories: Q, AS
Downloads: 638
Added to site: 2006.06.17
mnybks.net#: 14025
Origin: gutenberg.org
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CHAPTER XXV.

Ceremonial accessories and religious rites

General remarks The paraphernalia of the priest The religious shed and the bailán's house Equipment for ceremonies Ceremonial decorations Sacred images Ceremonial offerings Religious rites Classification Method of performance The betel-nut tribute The offering of incense Invocation Prophylactic fowl waving Blood lustration Lustration by water

CHAPTER XXVI.

Sacrifices and war rites

The sacrifice of a pig Rites peculiar to the war priests The betel-nut offering to the souls of the enemies Various forms of divination The betel-nut cast Divination from the báguñg vine Divination from báya squares, Invocation of the omen bird The tagbúsau's feast Human sacrifice

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A must reading for students of Philippine Culture and History. Just e careful aout Garvan's own cultural biases, like when he calls "gods" the dwellers of the Manobo spirit world. I also do not agree that neighboring tribes like the Mansaka, Mandaya, Tagakawlo, Samal, etc. are Manobo, although individual members of these tribes may have Manobo blood, and Manobo folklores, beliefs and practices may have affected these neighboring people; just as I wont call Englishmen French even if there are cultural similarities and blood comingling between these two people.


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