This is an example of seven syllable
AMBAHAN POETRY OF THE Hanuoo-Mangyans of Mindoro island,
When the Spaniards arrived in the 16th
century Philippines, they were surprised to find the inhabitants
reading and writing in this exotic Asian script. It is a syllabic writing
derived from ancient Brahmin scrip
that originated in India some 2500 years ago. Although it has gradually
disappeared it is still used by the
Mangyans for their poetry. It is either engraved on bamboo or embroidered on
Says the man, already old, thinking
of the life after death. When I will leave, it will be nice I will whistle ,
I will yell on the highest mountain peaks. Yes, one day I will be glad; I will
see my wife again!. Many things
weíll have to say ! Then I wonít want to come back.
So you will be going now, starting
on a journey far!...
My dear boy, my friend so nice what
you like now on the spot; tie the bamboos solidly In the middle
of the floor! Ö.
My dear girl. I like you so much,
tomorrow when the sun shines, we will leave this place of yours, let us
go together then! Both of us be on the way to my mother to propose. She will
be so very glad!
My sweet-scented perfume plant,
Mother, donít throw it away! Better put it over there, on top of the place I
Then when I come from the field or arrive from a far trip, I can watch it and
enjoy .How I will be happy then.
If you are angry with me, donít be
mad behind my back! Face me and we can agree. You know why I tell you this?
That I can go home in peace To Limbangan with the reeds, where the Anuhan food
If your marriage is perfect, what
we are still looking for? Here is where youíll like to stay; all your life
with her until you are growing old . You wonít want to separate till the
moment you will die; always she will be
You girl, I would like to love if
you wish to close the door while I am staying outside, let it be closed from
reaching to the heavens wide!
You, sweet-smelling herb, my wife,
I would like to tell you this, and to make it known to you, that
although I go away from our house and dwelling place, bad intentions there are
none. Our love remains the same.
AMBAHAN POETRY :
TRAVELER, MARRIAGE, COURTSHIP, FRIENDSHIP, HOSPITALITY
This is an
example of the seven syllable AMBAHAN poetry
of the Hanuoo-Mangyans of Mindoro island, Central Philippines
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MARINO - HANUNUO MUSIC AND CHANTED POETRY