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Happy New Year 2016 dear Readers! May this year will bring bountifulness in wealth, health and happiness.
Edo dialogue on 1st panel inspired by commentXDD
Lol, Simoun (Kan-Laon) cares so much about his hair due to the custom in Precolonial Visayas XDD
16th Century Hair and Hair Care in Pre-Colonial Philippines
Article written by Ligaya for Pinoy-Culture
In the 15th-16th Centuries, our ancestors were very prideful of their hair. In the 1520’s, the Visayans in Homonhon, an island in the province of present day Eastern Samar, were seen and recorded to have hair down to their waists. In Surigao, that is located on the northeastern tip of Mindanao, men tended to pull their hair back into a knot at the nape of their neck. While in Butuan, another well known region in northeastern Mindanao, a King was known to wear his hair at shoulder length. Others would gather their hair and wrap it in a knot with a headcloth or turban known as a putong.
Our ancestors took care of their hair very vigorously, to the point they saw their hair as an ornament to be taken care of. Both men and women were known to have flowers in their hair, perfumes from the oils of certain flowers and plants, musk of the civet, ambergris, as well as coating their hair with sesame seed and coconut oils to groom it. Like mentioned above, our ancestors were known to put flowers and other ornaments in their hair as well as perfumes and oils such as sesame seed oil which were believed to encourage luxuriant growth. A perfumed ointment called Bulat, as well as flowers or sesame seed oil would be worked into the hair for fragrance. Datus and warriors preferred the bolder scent of ambergris, civet or musk excretions. Even today, the use of these oils and other indigenous hair care remedies is still used today like gugo, which is a vine that is crushed and dried, then soaked in water to extract the juices to be used as shampoo. Others are Sabila or aloe vera for hair growth and of course the well known and very loved coconut oil that most people growing up in the Philippines probably had their mothers or grandmothers teach them how to extract the oil and use it such as in the case of everyone in my family.
In the records by Antonio de Morga in his 1609 Sucesesos de las Islas Filipinas, he noted that men and women, especially the chiefs, were very clean and neat in their persons and clothing. They dressed their hair carefully, and regard it as being more ornamental when it is very black. He already recorded down the use of gugo, which was was also used in pre-colonial times. In his passage he mentions how the people wash their hair with water that has been boiled with the bark of the vines of the gugo (which is also scientifically known as Entada purseta), that grows in most of the provinces of the Philippines. This remedy is also used in the use of washing clothes and precipitate the gold in the sand of rivers.
- Barangay: 16th Century Philippine Culture and Society by William Henry Scott.
- Relation of the Western Islands called Filipinas. Diego de Artieda 1573
- Historia de las islas e indios de bisaya (1668) Volume III by Francisco Ignacio Alcina.
- Antonio de Morga in his 1609 Sucesesos de las Islas Filipinas.
- Fr. Alonso de Mentrida in his 1637 dictionary, Bocabulario de la lengua Bisaya-Hiligueyna y Haria de las islas de Panay y Sugbu y para demas las islas.
Nagaraja belongs to
And the Bakunawa was once a beautiful Naga or serpen-like mermaid that turns into the beast because she was captivated of the beauty of the seven moons and she wanted to eat the moons after swallowing the moons the a deity or bathala become furious and told the citizens to make noise with their pots and pans to scare the beast and then the beast spits out the moons. And the deity or bathala cursed her to never return to her true form and hid underwater, forever.
—Edo Yambise, Yomngga Naga—
Awesome words by the awesome Edo-senpai
Prussia : BUT I'M AWESOMER
Me : Ehhhh..NO. Edo-senpai is more awesome.
I cannot thank you enough for undertaking this project, especially since it's done out of pure passion for pre-colonial Philippine culture, and the culture of surrounding SEA countries a well. There are hardly any fantasy stories out there regarding SEA in general, which is a shame, because I'm sure we deserve to have fantastical adventures as well, like the rest of the world! Also, thank you for including a variety of ethnicities from the Philippines; Filipino culture today is sadly so centralized among the Tagalogs, but in your story, other groups can also shine!
I hope you don't mind my asking, but I sadly don't know much about Indonesia; is pre-colonial Indonesian culture taught in your country? At least, is it well known that you guys had advanced civilizations before the coming of the Europeans, and your histories not obscured like it is in the Philippines? I've been reading all the comments (at least the ones in English) on every single page of your story, and people seem so knowledgeable about all the empires and other cultural information.
Anyway, this story is so
History lessons in Indonesia do teach us about the civilisations before colonial era. Mostly the names of kingdoms back then and their timeline. There are way too many kingdoms to cover, for Java alone have about 10 kingdoms existed at the same time. They don't exactly teach us the daily life per se but each ethnicity in indonesia have different technology tied to their culture. So it's impossible for me to list it all here. If you want to know a very specific period, you need to find the books that cover exactly that.
Our cultures are still mostly intact if compared to pre colonial Philippines. Unfortunately the majority of Indonesian people don't really think about out precolonial eras. One great loss of our precolonial culture is the method to build Jung ships. This ships were much bigger than European's ships back in the day. I read somewhere that the biggest ones can fit elephants in it. Unfortunately, a ruler in Banten decided to close the port and the jung ships are stopped being used. Eventually the knowledge to build it is gone.
It's really fascinating to learn more about Indonesia! I really admire that you guys were able to keep much of your culture intact despite colonization. The Philippines, on the other hand, lost so much. I don't know what the history education is like now in the Philippines, because I left it when I was 9, but I remember when I was in primary school there in the 90s, our history lessons began when the Spanish "discovered" us. And because I didn't get the opportunity to learn deeper history after I moved away, I didn't realize there was any pre-colonial civilization in the Philippines until I was almost 20! I thought there had been nothing there, lol. That's why I really admire Nagaraja because it gives me a glimpse of that history that is a part of my heritage but I never knew. And at the same time, I get to learn about Indonesia and other South East Asian countries. I really wish there were more stories like this!!
And chill out Simoun XD
i'm crying at simoun here
simoun pls calm down
"I think help has arrived!"
Me: *looks up and sees the ship*
OH HOLY SH*T WHAT THE FU--
And ohhh yes. Simoun and his prized hair yo. Don't mess up the hair unless you want to feel his childish wrath. Lol.
Oh Happy New Year!
where are the fucks that Simoun can give? there in space : english
And as usual, amazing drawing kak *tepuktangan*
Aaaaduuuuy~ Ankar's flirting XD yes, Ate Isay, hold onto him until the very end//shot
Four spanish warships against one rickety boat is overkill? Simoun do you really care about it or just your hair?
Aaaaand there goes the ship!
Electing Kan-Laon as the next face of L'oreal!
By the way, I am loving the comic relief in this page.
Anyways, Happy New Year, dinosaurusgede!!~
What a start to a new year, or rather, what an end to chapter 5. Thank you for this whole page of comic relief, as much as I like where the story is going, I like how you balance the drama and comedy.
I have always known Filipino men have been metrosexual, a survey was done by Synovate in 2004, that 84% of men in Manila thinks that looks are everything (this was done on all social classes).... and well, looking clean and neat has always been ingrained by our elders, so this really happens a lot.
Oh, and seriously, how dense could Isabella be?
Once again, thanks for the chapter....
this scene reminds me of another webcomic....
then kan laon will blame pinisi for making worse
Ankar tipe2 yg suka memanfaatkn kesempatan dalam kesempitan dan Edo selalu bisa melihat dibalik ngelesnya Ankar. Mereka memang jodoh-//plakk