What to expect to see this week ~ Pre-hispanic beliefs, practices, traditions, clothing, jewelry, teeth decor, hairstyles, ways we built our homes and boats/ships, society, and much more.
So I’m currently reading Barangay: 16th Century Philippine Culture and Society by William Henry Scott a well known and respected historian and anthropologist who dedicated himself in researching the Pre-Hispanic Filipino’s by reading and looking up written historical accounts during the late 1500’s and 1600’s by Spanish missionaries, conquistadors, and other first Spaniards on the islands, as well as a few written accounts from neighboring countries like China. There are no written accounts by our ancestors to date seeing as we never did write records down as our cultures were mainly through oral traditions and records that were written were on perishable items like bamboo, palm leaves, and wood. Only written record we have found to date is the Laguna Copperplate, but that’s about it. So in regards to looking back on our ancestors and cultures before the arrival of the Spaniards we can only look at it from accounts by the early Spaniards and our neighbors who recorded them in detail. Thankfully they did so we can better grasp how our ancestors were, the life they lived during that time in the 15th to 16th century, and their beliefs and practices.
So I will be posting things I’ve learned from there and some are reallyy interesting from beliefs, practices, the way of dress, to hairstyles at that time, to jewelry like plugs and rings and what we consider today as gauged ears, to ways we built our homes and boats/warships. I am currently working on those posts now so don’t expect to many pictures these next couple of days because I am trying to organize the posts and find pictures and illustrations that relate to what will be posted and any illustrations in the book itself.