Ambahan: Death

Ambahan: Death

When physical life comes to an end, the soul departs for another place.

The moment of dying, this singular experience, is vividly remembered afterwards by the soul, especially if death came during an agonizing circumstance.


Hanunuo-MangyanEnglishFilipino
Handwritten version of ambahan 246

Says the soul remembering:Just a while ago at home,in the house I used to stay,My body was really bad,lying sickly on the mat,though not ready yet to go.Scared to death I really was!I was going to the rightand to left, back and forth!So confused I was that time!Now, my body laid at rest,finally I took a bathin the waters for the soul.I am starting on my wayto the place my father went,and where Mother joined him, too.

Taghoy ng kaluluwa:Kanina nang lumisanSa dampa kong tahananKatawan ko'y naghihirapSa banig na higaanDi pa lumilisanBalisang nagpaalamPa-biling-biling namanPakaliwa't pakananSige na nga kung ganyanAko na ay lilisanLiligo sa hugasanSa tubig dalisayanSa bago kong hantunganSa tabihan ni AmangKapiling na si Inang!

Tragic, also is the Mangyan who died out of misery and chagrin because of the hardship he had to deal with! We do not know what his problems were or who caused them, but that he had some is clear from his explanation!

Hanunuo-MangyanEnglishFilipino
Handwritten version of ambahan 251

These are the words of the soul:Who would finally not complain!My house on the mountain slopein the darkness of the night,hurricanes were howling loud.When the sun was in the sky,the shower came lashing down!All the southern typhoon winds,all the north-western storms,my house they were hitting hard!That was exactly the case.No wonder I left the place!

Hinagpis ng kalul'wa:Sinong di masasaktanBahay ko sa tarikanKung gabi at karimlanAng hangin ay bugsuanKung araw ay sikatanAmbon ay ampiyasanSaklot ng habagat manPispis nga ng amihanTutok doo't bugsuanKang ganyan rin nga lamangSa dampa na'y lilisan

All this information comes from the realm of the dead, furnished by the deceased themselves! Communicating with the souls or spirits of the dead is nothing extraordinary for the Mangyans. These are those persons who possess the power to strike up a conversation with the spirits by means of a medium or daniw. The conversation resembles a séance among spiritualists.

The Mangyan who grieves about the death of a dear one likes to avail himself of the services of a daniw in order to see if the soul of the deceased cannot be convinced to come back and join his earthly body again. Positive results are said to be known, but they are not recorded in the ambahan verse. The ambahan samples available only relate the failure of the daniw and the decisiveness of the soul to continue his course in the other life.

Hanunuo-MangyanEnglishFilipino
Handwritten version of ambahan 252

Says the seer's medium:You, soul, can you tell me please,why is it you were so scared,that time when you left the house?Wasn't a spirit from the woods?If so, I took care of thatthrough my prayers very strongand the incantations too!Your fears should have disappeared,since the Evil one is gone.All the more, it's long agothat I caged him through my strength.

Ang wika nitong Daniw:Kalul'wa, hoy sabihinTakot ka ba at bakit?Sa tahana'y umalisKung malignong gubatinLigtas nating taluninSa lakas ng dalanginSa tindi ng humigmigTuloy kang manahimikMaligno'y gagapusinNgayon at noon mandinSa dunong bibihagin!


Published on : 02/03/2018 by Papagei

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