Monday, November 10, 2008

Witnessing a Ritual

It was early morning, just before I start my interview with Manobo Tribal Leaders in Esperanza, Agusan del Sur, Datu Makalipay and Datu Mandagase started the day with a ritual first... this is to bless me before I start my task that it may be fruitful.

They have prepared a Betel Nut, tokens, wine, a lighted candle and a native chicken used for rituals. They started to rant in their dialect. Then after the whole ritual, I observed Datu Makalipay pour water at the four corners of the offering.

"This is to invite the spirit to wash hands and join a meal with us." He said.

That's what they call "panawagtawag"

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