Practices and Beliefs
Different inhabitants in Mindanao result in big differences of practices and beliefs. Discrimination is common and this happens everywhere. Despite this, Lumads, Catholic Christians, and Muslims are free to express their beliefs and practices. Lumads have not succumbed to the modern ways of living. Up to this day, they prefer to live in the mountainsides of Mindanao, living the traditional life. Their beliefs can be seen through the ornaments of every woman and the woven dresses they wear. They believe in spirits and gods. There’s a god for land, another for water, another for harvest, to name a few. For them, the mountain is sacred. Death and illness or bad faith is believed to be the god’s way of showing anger. Offering of live animals like pigs and chicken are common during tribal ceremonies for a good harvest, health and protection, and thanksgiving. pray and meditate in mosques. Congregational prayer is traditionally on Friday. They follow the five pillars of Islam, which requires them to pray five times a day. Another global practice of Islam is the Ramadan, where Muslims abstain from food, drink, and sex. However this practice is not binding to all Muslims; pregnant and old Muslims are exempted. Probably one of the most important practices of Islam is the pilgrimage to Mecca. In addition, Muslims also practice the charity tax. Islamic clothing and the wearing of hijab is a must for Muslim women. Catholics go to church at least every Sunday. Born-again Christianity and other religions are also practiced by some Mindanaoan.
This is the online site of Sun.Star Daily. “Giving due respect to Lumads’ tradition” is the title of the article that contains B’laan’s religious beliefs and traditions. Another published article from Sun.Star about the vanishing culture of Lumads can be read if you click this link .
On this site you will see the different dances of Muslims in Mindanao, one way of showing their rich culture and tradition....
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