Despite modern influences and breakthroughs in medicine, the Kalinga still resort to traditional forms of healing and treatment of disease by the mandadawak (female shamans) from the village. The mandadawak have played a significant role in Kalinga society, but their practice and concepts of healing have not been adequately discussed in existing literature. Who are the mandadawak? What is the mandadawak's notion of illness and disease? How do they heal and treat disease? How are the dawak (healing rites) performed? The lecture examines the important of the mandadawak in Kalinga society and contributes to the anthropological understanding of illness (sigab) in the field of ethnomedicine.
The Author: Dr. Esteban Magannon is a Retired Maitre de Conferences of the Social and Cultural Anthropology of the Austronesian World at the Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales - INALCO (National Institute of Oriental Languages and Civilizations), Paris, France.
On the Saliksik-Kordilyera: The Saliksik-Kordilyera project provides incentives to Filipino scholars doing work in Cordillera Studies. It is designed to encourage the conduct of quality research in this field of inquiry, as envisioned by its sponsor, Dr. Maria Carmen Domingo-Kirk, a Filipino academic based in San Francisco, USA.
* All notes lifted from a CSC poster.