The kudiyapi, another type of boat lute used by the Higaunen of Misamis Oriental. In this sequence of pictures, it is played by Alfonso Sakahan, the baylan in this place. He had a very impressive way of playing the instrument: during short rests, he would make dance-like movements, pointing towards people, into all directions and high into the sky – as if he wanted to embrace the whole world of human and spirit beings alike. Being a traditional priest (baylan), he transformed this whole situation of music-making into a spiritual affair.

Sitio Iponan, Balungkud, Dansulihon, Misamis Oriental. January 7, 1983.

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