Hope all of you are enjoying your weekend so far! In keeping with our last post celebrating Whang-Od our #spiritualsaturday is a nod to the region she is from - The Cordillera Region, where Igorot people originate from. The Cordillera Region aka The Mountain Province is way up in Northern Luzon. Whang-Od's sub-province being Kalinga and the town of Bontoc is the capital of this region.
The Spanish tried but did not completely succeed in taking over this region, Igorot’s fought against colonialism fiercely and its culture to this day greatly reflects their pride towards their ancestral heritage. The Igorots (Peoples of the Cordillera Region) lived their lives centred around spirits - many of their daily routines involved some sort of ritual to give thanks or ask for help from a certain spirit. The Supreme Deity: Lumawig is our #spiritualsaturday highlight this week. Lumawig is the power of "the creator", nature and teacher all rolled into one.
As Lumawig is regarded as the Deity most high a ballad was created and has been passed down through the generations. A lengthy piece retelling how he came down to mother earth, go married and lessons on how Igorot's should conduct themselves in everyday life. This "Love Story/Epic" is usually sung as a chant/play at a Cheno. A Cheno is when a huge feast is laid out by the wealthiest families of the region, this happens as needed - as a Cheno is a way to celebrate their son or daughters marriages with everyone.
This story of Lumawig is basically a set of moral codes for the Igorots to live by - sort of like the list of rules in the book Hagakure by Yamamoto Tsunetomo. Examples of moral codes to live by in the Lumawig story are: Do not steal, Do not gossip, Live a Simple Life.
Still to this day Lumawig is celebrated, revered and "listened to". Many believe he is still watching over them, guiding and protecting them. Even after so many centuries his moral teachings ring true: Live a life that is hassle #nodrama free, which don't we all strive for more and more as we all get that bit older?
Image: The Miracle of Lumawig - Rodel Tapaya