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Dance CultureHighland Cordillera
Place of OriginTanudan, Western Kalinga
Ethnolinguistic GroupKalinga
ClassificationCeremonial, Festival
Background / Content

Takiling recreates the return home to the village of a group of headhunters after a kayaw or head-taking.

Successful warriors called minger are bestowed with gifts of feathers (lawi), beads (bongor) and colorful g-strings (ba-ag) by their female relatives, while the entire village sings joyous victory songs. Minger are allowed to dance with fists closed, unlike women, while unsuccessful members of the headhunting party called bodan are seen in a different light, as they are relegated to playing of the ganza and wear yellow g-strings to show their place in the hierarchy.

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