1st Edition

Songs and Gifts at the Frontier

By Jose S. Buenconsejo Copyright 2002
    444 Pages 30 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book investigates the particular history and social experience by a marginalized society in Mindanao Island, Philippines, through an analysis of the speech, song and dance in spirit possession ritual. Using the concepts of exchange and reciprocity, Buenconsejo connects the performativity of ritual song to the formation and maintenance of sociability, personhood and subjectivity. Also inlcludes maps.

    Contents List of Illustrations Preface A Note on Orthography 1. The Rivers of Exchange 2. The Manobo Cosmos (Kalibutan) 3. The Diwata in the Pantheon of Manobo Supernatural Beings 4. The Burning Panubad-tubad Speech 5. Personal Songs 6. Reluctance and Shame: Negotiating Visayanized Public Culture 7. Song and Sacrificing Notes References Index


    Jose S. Buenconsejo

    "Songs and Gifts at the Frontier: Person and Exchange in the Agusan Manobo Possession Ritual, Philippines is a remarkable document. Any serious scholar of Philippine ethnography or Southeast Asian ethnomusicology will find this to be a necessary addition to a library." -- Journal of Asian Studies, J. Joseph Errington