Da série “Antigamente é que era bom”.
Jean Mallat de Bassilon
(Arthus Bertrand, Paris. 1846)
“The Ifugaos, who bear a strong resemblance to the Japanese, inhabit a territory in central Nueva Vizcaya, and in the south of Isabela, mostly between the River Magat and the Rio Grande, but they have a great many hamlets on the left bank of the Magat.
They cultivate rice, camote, and other crops, but prefer to live by robbery whenever possible. They are persistent head-hunters, frequently at war with the neighbouring tribes, or amongst themselves. One notable peculiarity must be mentioned. Besides the lance, knife, and bow and arrows, they use the lasso, which they throw with great dexterity.
Lurking near a trail, they cast the fatal coil over some unwary traveller, and promptly decapitate him, to add his skull to their colection, and decorate their hut. It is their custom to wear as many rings in their ears as they have taken heads. Major Galvez, after a skirmish with these people, found the corpse of one of their warriors who wore thirty-two death-rings in his ears.
Their religion is said to be after the style of the Igorrotes, and some other hill-tribes of Luzon. Their chief god Cabunian had two sons, Sumabit and Cabigat, and two daughters, Buingan and Daunguen, who married amongst themselves, and from them the human race is descended. Ancestor-worship is also practised.”
Frederic H. R. Sawyer,
“Ifugaos; Their Pecularities”
S. Low, Marston and Company, London. 1900
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