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
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