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The healing world of a ‘Mandadawak’

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Posted 27 September 2015 - 05:27 PM

In 1988, the parents of a nursing child were told by doctors at a hospital in Tabuk, Kalinga province, that their ward’s affliction was beyond treatment.
Left with no options in conventional medicine, the couple took the child back to their hometown in Pasil to summon a “mandadawak,” a Kalinga healer. A ritual was soon performed to seek a possible alternative cure for the child who was described as emaciated and on the brink of death.
The child survived, according to photographer Tommy Hafalla who happened to be in Pasil that year, and thus heard that a healing ritual for the child was about to take place. During the ritual, he shot a number of frames using black and white film and emerged with a set of prints which included a window portrait of Ina Ayunnaw, the mandadawak.

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Posted 28 September 2015 - 09:06 AM

Supernatural Creatures in Philippine Folklore 
A short list of the supernatural creatures in Philippine folklore... 
The scary stench of Halloween is now hanging in the air. Everywhere, we see faces of monsters, beasts, and other Halloween creatures. In the Philippines, it is a common belief that supernatural beings are working at large during this season. Their powers are greatest at this time, and hence, they are in their most evil facets.The Philippine folklore is rich with mythical and supernatural creatures. It is not as popular as those in Western cultures since it is mostly composed of fragmented tales of horror and wonder. Nevertheless, it has influenced the lives of Filipinos that certain customs are being practiced so to appease these beings and to prevent them from terrorizing people. So which supernatural creatures Filipinos are most afraid of? What are their equivalents to other cultures? And how evil are they?ManyFilipino customs are influenced by their beliefs in various supernatural creatures. Say avoiding too much noise when near old trees so as not to disturb these unearthlybeings, or beeping the vehicle when crossing bridges at nights as a permission from them. It may seem peculiar but these habits and more havebecome part of the way of life for many Filipinos, even for those living in the urban areas...

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Posted 30 September 2015 - 09:11 AM

Indigenous societies are not conducive to a one world environment. 

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