Tribal elders hold ‘emergency rituals’ for protection against COVID-19

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MALAYBALAY CITY (BukidnonNews.Net) Tribal elders from the Bukidnon, Higaonon and Talaandig tribes gathered at the Kaamulan Grounds, by the side of the Kalawaig Creek, on March 18, 2020 to hold two emergency rituals, praying for protection of the people from the threats brought by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).  

The elders, led by Datu Makapukaw Adolino Saway and Bae Inatlawan Adelina Tarino, held a riverine ritual Panalawahig, seeking Bulalakaw, the guardian water spirit to seek mercy for human wrongdoings destroying the water and for water to help humans wash away impurities like COVID-19. 

The elders also held the Pamugsa, a ritual sought to block catastrophes that would affect mountains, forests and all of life forms especially the residents in general.

The elders recognized that COVID-19 has affected the lives, well-being, and security of everyone in the communities.

Through the emergency rituals, organizers told BukidnonNews.Net, tribal elders appealed to nature’s spirit guides in the event of foreseen and on-going disasters that affect the tribal communities and neighboring areas around the country and abroad.

The tribes’ spiritual leaders directed the holding of the rituals to everyone around the world facing the pandemic.

“Despite one’s ethnic differences, we are all bound by one humanity, one Mother Earth,”  Ms. Ma Easterluna Canoy of the Kitanglad Integrated NGOs, one of those who supported the activities said, quoting tribal elders. (With text and photos from Ma. Easterluna Canoy/Kitanglad Integrated NGOs)  

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