EARTH IS THE AIM 6 : Exoduses and survivors Part 3 : Earth People Chapter 5 : From Indonesia up to the Philippines

EARTH IS THE AIM 6 : Exoduses and survivors

Part 3 : Earth People

Chapter 5 : From Indonesia up to the Philippines

 

Where are the men ?

In the first 6 volumes of DESTINATION TERRE we found the presence of the gods almost everywhere on Earth

For America and Africa, we have determined in the two preceding chapters the places allocated to the gods and the one let to men

For Asia, Europe, Australia and Oceania, they are entirely under the control of the gods and the human beings there can not ignore their existence

 

There are, however, a few areas where men have been able to live without meeting the gods

These are some islands or inland jungles of islands in the archipelagos of Indonesia, the Philippines, New Guinea and Malaysia

 

To say it clearly, a whole lost world from Indonesia up to the Philippines

 

However, it must be taken into account that in less than a century the intrusions of “civilized” and “missionaries” have profoundly affected these so-called “primitive” populations

 

Their existence apart from the Atlantean and Edenist gods, and thus their original animist mythology, dates then from a century or two ago

 

Papua and New Guinea

Indonesia and Papua share the island of New Guinea

It was discovered in 1512 by Antonio d’Abreu, a Portuguese navigator

The first sailors nicknamed it the island of the evil people or the island of the devil

It is still partially unexplored today

 

Thick forests, swampy plains and a mountain range along the entire length of the island reaching 5,000 meters

That’s for the scenery

A high distrust for foreigners

That’s for the atmosphere

 

Despite this geographical unity, the people who live there are of very different origins and all have their own languages with more than 700 different dialects

Polynesians, Melanesians, Malaysians, Micronesians and Negritos, commonly used as Filipino natives, are the main origins of these indigenous peoples

 

Indonesia

The islands of Indonesia, with more than 14,000 islands, have been an ideal refuge for these indigenous peoples and have allowed them to live totally isolated from “civilization”

The main indigenous populations were asmat, korowai, wana, kubu mentawai, maneo, orang rimba, and so on …

Like the Papuans, indigenous peoples of Indonesia breed pigs and chickens

They use pigs and poultry as money

When a man asks for a wife for marriage he must provide the bride’s father with a certain amount of pigs and poultry

 

They share their food: each person has the same number of pieces as the others

Each person has the same importance, shaman, old or young

In the past they practice cannibalism

 

Malaysia

In Malaysia the main indigenous populations were the semang, senoi, sarawak, rawa, orang asli, etc.

Their ancient features were as in the rest of the region:

Animism, headhunters and cannibalism

 

Philippines

In the Philippines, which has more than 7000 islands, the main indigenous populations were the aeta, Mamanwa, ati, tagbanua, negrito, casiguran, agta, etc …

 

They were hunter-gatherers-farmers who traded with the coastal farmers

They practiced a summary agriculture mainly on fired earth

The more they live in the mountains, the more they feel safe and get less contact with other ethnic groups

They are animists and in the past very probably cannibals

 

Mythology

Before the hunt, men invoke the spirits of the forest and the spirits of the dead parents to help them to find their prey

The shaman, prepares the poison with leaves, barks of toxic roots and chili and coats arrows with poison

This poison can kill a wild boar in less than 5 minutes

When they killed an animal, they thank his soul

 

Some tribes celebrate four major spirits

Mangindusa or Nagabacaban, the spirit of the sky, sits in the sky with his feet on the ground

Polo, spirit of the sea, benevolent spirit, is invoked in case of illness

Sedumunadoc, spirit of the earth is invoked to have a good harvest

Tabiacoud, was the underground spirit

 

Each year they made a big party at the seaside in thanks for the harvest obtained and to ask for a good harvest for the year to come

During this party they also celebrated marriages

The shaman, hung on trees by their legs, chickens and cocks brought for the ceremony

He had to kill them with a single blow of a stick

Those who survived were free and would never be consumed because Polo took them under his protection

Dead poultry were cooked and eaten

 

In the night the shaman entered in the sea pushing a raft of bamboo filled with offerings

If the raft returned to the shore pushed by the waves and the winds, it meant that the spirit of the sea refused the offering

But if the raft disappeared, it was because their offering was accepted and their year would be happy

 

Whang-od Oggay

 

Tinglayan Area

Whang-od tattooing Scott Sorensen player of Canberra Raiders

Photo Wikipedia CC: Mawg64

 

Whang-od Oggay, born in 1918, is a Buscalan tattoo artist in the Philippines

She was tattooed in adolescence

It took a whole day to tattoo only one of his arms

His family had to pay a large amount of rice for it

 

When his tattoo was finished, his father killed a pig

 

Whang-od had tattoo a lot of of headhunters and women of the Butbut tribe in Buscalan Kalinga for more than 80 years

His tattoo ink is made up of a mixture of coal and water

She taps the skin with a spine of calamansi or pomelo

She draws figures found into nature and geometric shapes

This ancient tattoo technique which dates back for more than a thousand years is called batok and is relatively painful compared to other more recent techniques

 

At the age of 25, she lost her boyfriend during the Japanese occupation and as a result was never married

According to tradition, his tattoo techniques can only be inherited by lineage

Whang-od believes that if someone outside of her blood performs tattoos, they will be infected

That is why she trains Grace Palicas, her grand-niece and Ilyang Wigan, another member of her family, to continue the tradition

 

She is considered as the last mambabatok, traditional tattoo artist of Kalinga, from the tribe of Butbut to Buscalan Kalinga and the oldest tattoo artist in the Philippines

 

Ritual Tattoos

Tattoos are part of animist rituals

For them all, man, animal or object is animated and possesses a soul

 

This soul would be able to leave its material home

To prevent his departure, which would lead to diseases and death, they decorate the skin with tattoos

 

The tattoo serves to preserve the soul

By its graphics indicates the clan and the family

It also serves as a protection against spirits

 

Social life

The social life of indigenous peoples is governed by rigorously followed rules

Their economic life is based on their most precious possessions: women, pigs, shells and feathers

 

In their village, there is no leader, it is the shaman who directs and guides the community

Important decisions are made in long meetings until everyone agrees

 

Their modern life is disintegrated by young people who want to leave the villages for coastal cities

They are especially attracted by girls who are few in their villages and who are ruled by taboos

 

The easy food and lightning of what seems to them a paradise take also a big part in this depart to the “modern” world

 

Intrusions of “civilization”

Oil, gas, fishing, wood, rubber, copper and other minerals, tobacco and palm oil are the main resources of this region of the world

But as in Africa, corruption has offered all these resources to foreign multinationals companies without any profit for the populations

 

However, the protest is growing

A tribe in Borneo, Malaysia, set fire to a lumberjack camp to protest against loggers and palm oil farmers encroaching on their territories

 

More and more violent protests are to be expected in response to the savage repression they receive from their governments

 

It is easier for these governments to obtain their royalties by the transfer of their resources

However, it would be more appropriate to invest sustainably and ecologically so that the whole population receive the benefits offered by its territory

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About DOUGLAS MOONSTONE

money is the human predator
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