LUNAR ECLIPSE IN PHILIPPINE ETHNOASTRONOMY

POSTED ON JANUARY 5, 2018

Now, here is a tidbit in Philippine Ethnoastronomy.  According to Tausug beliefs, a pregnant woman should take a bath in a mortar or “dikdikan” in Filipino when a lunar eclipse occurs. 

Habang nagbubuhos sya ng tubig, yung asawa nya dapat pinupukpok ng pambayo ang tagiliran ng dikdikan ng mga isa o tatlong beses. 

Ang dahilan, e para hindi magkaroon ng mga batik batik na asul o itim ang anak!

According to Bukidnon legend, you have to bring cans or the torotot you used during New Year’s Day or drums or anything that will make a lot of noise.  This is to scare the big snake or Bakunawa which has eaten the Moon or “gitukob sa bakunawa.” The Moon will then be able to come out of the stomach of the serpent.  And then shout “isoli mo ang Buwan!” or “iuli kanamo ang Bulan!”  The Manobos, who believe that it is a giant tarantula which embraces the Moon that causes an eclipse, even shoot arrows at the Moon, play the drums and beat the tin cans and dance wildly (hip hop?) and shout “Pakawalan moa ng Buwan!”  “Tatamaan ka ng pana!”  The giant tarantula is called “Tamban-a-kau-a”. 

Pag hindi nakawala ang Buwan sa yakap ng malaking gagamba, hindi na sisikat ang Araw, magdidilim na ang mundo, masasaman ispiritu ang maglilipana, tsaka ang mga damit natin magiging ahas lahat!

From Misamis Oriental, this is the advice to pregnant women:  “Ang mabdus nga babaye dili maggawas kung eklipse, kay kana dautan.”  Paki translate.

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