"Damsu" - Indigenous Farming Practices of the Blaans
The richness of indigenous peoples culture and practices in agricultural defines the fullness of their lives intertwined with the sanctity of the land, seeds, water, the trees, the wind and sun. The following report of the DAMSU, an indigenous ritual before and after planting invoking the spirits for a bountiful harvest and thanking the same for granting the supplication. At the heart of this is giving due respect to the seed as primary resource for food and life itself. As a primary staple, rice is highly endeared by every people of every culture especially for indigenous peoples. This is true for the indigenous peoples called the B’laans of South Cotabato Mindanao Philippines. As declared by Ginsuan Dati or Ma Dal, a respected tribal chieftain of the B’laan community in El Gawel: each grain for them is a collective story of life, death and contemporary struggle to preserve their tradition. Since becoming the staple food of local communities, rice has been prioritized in terms of social status attached to it, as well as the rituals observed and devoted to its production.
|Title:||"Damsu" - Indigenous Farming Practices of the Blaans|
|Authors:||Sibol ng Agham at Teknolohiya (SIBAT, Philippines)|
|Appears in Sub-Collections:||Traditional Sustainable Farming Practices|
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