- a transitional stage of human development that occurs
between childhood and adulthood. Adolescent humans go through puberty,
the process of sexual maturation. Teenagers (ages 13-19) are usually
adolescent, though in some individuals, puberty may extend a few years
beyond the teenage years, and in some individuals, puberty begins in
the pre-teen years.
- a warm rice soup.
- means the unseen; the Tau't Bato God.
- an instrument made of a small piece of bamboo with "tingga"
where the cords are tied around. It is placed near the mouth and blown
to produce sound.
- the Tau't Bato council composed of tribal officials led by
a panglima, followed by a segundo, kabo and two konsehal.
- also palaspas or dried palm leaves tied together like
pompoms used by the babaylan when performing a ritual.
- a form of human weight training. One player, a smaller
person acts as the human barbell by lying on his stomach, folds his
legs and grabs hold of his feet with his two hands. The larger player
lies on his back while positioning himself perpendicular to the smaller
player with his head towards the body of the human barbell. He then
tries to stand up while lifting the human barbell with him.
- to trade goods or services without the exchange of money.
- large rattan mat.
- winnowing basket (for removing rice chaff).
- biyuk means "boar" and therefore, it is a mimetic game,
imitating the boar fights.
- a make-believe hunting; a Tau't Bato uses a banana trunk as
a make-believe boar and a bamboo pole with pointed tip as the spear.
- the cassava, manioc, casava, or yuca (manihot esculenta) is
a woody shrub of the Euphorbiaceae (spurge family) native to South
America that is extensively cultivated as an annual crop in tropical
and subtropical regions for its edible starchy tuberous root, a major
source of carbohydrates. Indeed, cassava is the third largest source of
carbohydrates for human food in the world, with Africa as its largest
center of production.
- a sleeping platform which is usually associated with a
- a form of hand wrestling but only the middle fingers are
locked together and they struggle to flip the hand over.
- (also known as trousseau) is the money, goods, or estate
that a woman brings to her husband in marriage.
- housing that someone is living in.
- percussion with a hollowed tree trunk or big bamboo stem as
the tube and a stretched animal hide or dried reptile's skin tied on
one end of the tube. The covered end is struck by bare hands or by pair
- a narrow loincloth supported by a waistband; a breechcloth.
- the family household; the basic social unit of the Tau't
- smooth separation of the dead from the earth and homecoming
to their god.
- a type of small crabs found in the river.
- a form of hand wrestling where fingers of two players are
alternately clasped together and they struggle to flip the hand over.
- serves as guitar of the Tau't Bato but it has two
cords only. It is made of wood but can produce good sound.
- a lullaby the Tau't Bato learned from their Muslim
- a thick, hard skin of the "bat-bat" tree.
- a general term for songs that are sung by more than two
singers in a conversational manner.
- a form of arm wrestling similar to the arm wrestling of
- similar to a pigeon dove also found in Palawan.
- a native or inhabitant of lowland.
- a soothing song with which to lull a child to sleep.
- Malayan Pangolin
- a species of pangolin found in many south-east Asian
nations, including Thailand, Indonesia (Java, Sumatra, Borneo and
Lesser Sunda Islands/Nusa Tenggara), the Philippines, Vietnam, Laos and
Cambodia, and Malaysia and Singapore. The skin of its feet is granular
although there are pads on its front feet. Its tail has 30 scales. It
is closely related to the Chinese pangolin, although the Malayan
species is larger, lighter in color and has shorter fore-claws.
- a Tau't Bato who assists the birthing mother; he/she is
responsible for cutting the baby's umbilical cord using bamboo split as
- a phase of the menstrual cycle in which the uterine
lining (endometrium) is shed. Menstrual cycles occur exclusively in
humans and other apes. The females of other species of placental mammal
experience an estrus, in which the endometrium is reabsorbed by the
animal at the end of its reproductive cycle.
- means a stylized imitation of the sounds found in the
natural environment such as those made by animals in the forests.
- Nomadic people
- also known as nomads are communities of people that move
from one place to another, rather than settling down in one location.
- a Tau't Bato ritual given every harvest season to offer and
pray for thanksgiving for their abundant production.
- an instrument made of a piece of bamboo with thirteen
cords. It is placed in between the thighs and held by both hands while
being played facing the singer.
- a ritual in the planting of rice.
- a ritual in healing which is done by the balean or
babaylan (healer) to ask help from ampo (god) for their rice field.
- a ritual of Tau't Bato using tabad or rice wine in
casting evil spirit in the sick person.
- a ritual of the Tao't Bato that signifies their healing
and thanksgiving activity for the recovery of the sick relatives from
- assists the birthing mother; he/she pushes and pulls out
- "wrap skirt" which is usually worn with a loose blouse for
women, and often used as a baby carrier.
- an individual game which shows their skills in climbing
vine. It is also carried out to collect honey and birds.
- any object which produces a sound by being hit with an
implement, shaken, rubbed, scraped, or by any other action which sets
the object into vibration. The term usually applies to an object used
in a rhythmic context and/or with musical intent. The word "percussion"
has evolved from Latin terms: "percussio" (which translates as "to
beat, strike" in the musical sense, rather than the violent action),
and "percussus" (which is a noun meaning "a beating").
- a type of platform with four posts (each post forming a
tripod) made from bamboo. This is placed in the middle of the rice
fields where the Tau't Bato priest places the offering for a bountiful
harvest. A Tau't Bato version of an altar.
- bringing up, training; v. to rear, bring up, care for, etc.
- Roku roku
- important herbal plant for the Tau't Bato; the plant is
used to control the pest that may harm the rice fields.
- a form of leg wrestling and the players' objective is to
flip the leg of his opponent over.
- an instrument made of small bamboo 12 cm. long with four
holes with rattan tied at each end which produces sound when blown.
- rice wine
- a make-believe hunting
- just a bit smaller than a full grown chicken. It has
green feathers like a parrot and can be seen in the forests of
- most popular dance of the Tau't Bato. It is performed
overnight during their "basal" celebration or an overnight social
gathering, religious and festival activities and to give thanks for a
- a type of smelly bug that is harmful for the rice fields.
- a potable, clear extract from the vine or "baging" in the
- is a dance performed by the "babaylan" to cure the sick.
- a term that refers to an evolutionary transition from
the human to the posthuman.
- a stick or branch of a tree shaped like a long spear used
to bore holes for the seeds; a rice-planting practice of the Tau't Bato.
- Relief clothes sold in the market, usually not arranged or
placed in hangers. Instead, they are simply dumped in mountains of
clothes and the consumers would dig and turn them over to find the
desired garments. The term "ukay" is a Filipino term for "to dig"
giving the second-hand clothes their local name.