Topics: Visayas, Visayan languages, Languages of the Philippines Pages: 3 (1030 words) Published: December 5, 2014
What are the beliefs and traditions of waray people in education? The Waray-Waray are an ethnoliguistic group located in Samar and Leyte. Geographically, they are located in the Visayas. Waray-Waray sometimes shortened to Waray, is the term used to refer to the people who inhabit the islands of Samar and Biliran and the eastern section of Leyte. Those who come from Samar are called Samareños, while those from Leyte are Leyteños. They speak the language called Waray. ReligionThe Waray-Waray people are one of the most religious people in the Philippines. Almost all of them belong to Roman Catholicism, the world's largest Christian denomination. Their religious devotion is very evident in their celebrations like feasts honoring their patron saints, Santacruzans and many more.  LanguageThe Waray-Waray people speak the Waray-Waray language, a major Visayan language. Some people who are of Waray descent also speak Waray-Waray as their second or third language, especially among emigrants to Manila other parts of the Philippines and in other parts of the world.  TraditionsMany Waray-Waray traditions can be traced to pre-colonial times. For example, the Kuratsa dance is a very popular traditional dance of the Waray-Waray at many social gatherings, especially weddings. It is very common throughout Samar. The couple who dances the Kuratsa are showered with money by the people around them. The belief is that the more money showered upon them, the more blessings will come their way.

How are Visayan identified?
The connotation of having come from Eastern Visayas is, in most cases, that of being Waray-waray, a toughie who needs very little excuse to get into some trouble. It brings to mind tattooed members of the Sige-sige gang in Bilibid prison and their ex-con brothers in Tondo who, by twist of fate, trace their origins to Leyte and Samar. 

There are other images that come to mind but that of a gangland toughie appears to dominate our mindsets at the moment. The...
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