Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Daraghuyan Tribe, the Amulet(s)


Blog Series 1 - The Rocky and Muddy Trail to the home of Mountain People
Blog Series 2 - Daraghuyan Tribe, paying respect to their customs and tradition
Blog Series 3 - Daraghuyan Tribe, Con Tour's short immersion 
Blog Series 4 - Daraghuyan Tribe, communing with the Mountain Leaders

Amulet, similar to a talisman (Arabic: طلسم‎ / transliterated: tilasim), can be any object but its most important characteristic is its alleged power to protect its owner from danger or harm. Potential amulets include gems, especially engraved gems, statues, coins, drawings, pendants, rings, plants and animals; even words in the form of a magical spell or incantation to repel evil or bad luck. (wiki).

For me, I actually have my own faith in believing such thing and if I am considering this one, who am I not to pay respect the tribes' belief. 

I was just sitting on a corner of the Daraghuyan Tribe's Heritage house, listening to the speeches of some of the mountain leaders, when I caught a tribal lady approached one of the KIN's officers (KIN-Kitanglad Integrated NGOs) showing her necklace made of a plant that can be seen mostly in rice fields. She was selling it at P50 pesos. When I overheard that the necklace or this amulet has its alleged power to protect its owner from danger or harm, I offered her to buy it. Though it is only a sample product from their tribe, I was just attracted by its design which I havn't seen one yet in Malaybalay City, the town proper. 

P50 pesos cost of this new design of amulet was worth as my remembrance of my visit in this humble tribe. It is actually a necklace. Maybe this is now available in the Bukidnon products displayed in the Capitol Ground during this period of Kaamulan Festival.

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Con Tour, as KIN (Kitanglad Integrated NGOs) volunteer photographer, attended the culmination of the Tribal Summit of the 7 Mountains last December 15, 2012. 

"Lambaga hu mga Datu daw Bae Pu-en hu pito ha Buntud".

7 Mountains : Kitanglad, Kalatungan, Pantaron, Kimangkil, Kalanawan, Sumagaya, Pamalihi. (KKP-KKSP).

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