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Identifier: inhabitantsofphi00sawy (find matches)
Title: The inhabitants of the Philippines
Year: 1900 (1900s)
Authors: Sawyer, Frederic Henry Read
Subjects: Ethnology -- Philippines Philippines -- Social life and customs
Publisher: New York : Scribner
Contributing Library: University of California Libraries
Digitizing Sponsor: MSN



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themissionaries have not yet been able to make much impres-sion on them, but they are working their way up theDavao River, and the reduction of Belen established in1891 is quite on the borders of the Atas territory. Murders,slave-raids, and human sacrifices, are still the ordinaryevents of Atas life. The illustration shows two determined-looking Ataswarriors with spear and shield, two women and two younggirls, all carefully dressed and wearing their ornaments. Gtiiangas (8). The Guiangas live on the slopes of Mount Apo, tothe North of the Bagobos, whom they much resemble inmanners and customs. In view of the small territory theyoccupy, they cannot be numerous. They have a rather effeminate air, the men wearingtheir hair long; but notwithstanding this, they are quiterobust, of remarkable agility, and very adroit in the useof arms. Montano gives the average height of the man as5 feet 4-^ inches, and measured some up to 5 feet 7^ inches.The men wear short drawers and huge ear ornaments.
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GUIANGAS: THEIR HUMAN SACRIFICES 349 Their weapons are the bow and spear. They are organisedon the same feudal system as the other tribes beinggoverned by their dattos. Their houses, as usual, arebuilt on high piles. They are tolerably industrious, andoccasionally work for the Visayas on their plantations.They possess horses, cattle, and poultry, and make theusual plantations of rice, camote, and maize. As regards their religion, Tighiama is the Creator, andManama the governor of the world. Todlay, the god oflove, is husband of the Virgin Todlibun, and the womencelebrate certain rites in his honour. Dewata is the protector of the house, and he is said tolove blood. It is therefore incumbent on the head ofevery household to avenge any insult in the blood of theoffender. As amongst other tribes, the death of a datto, or of oneof his wives, requires a human sacrifice in number pro-portionate to the rank of the defunct. The victims areusually taken from amongst the slaves of the datto, bu

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