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Tausug lifestyle


by: Kelvin Ignacio & Michael Limbo

by: Kelvin Ignacio & Michael Limbo

Published in Spiritual , News & Politics
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  • 1. The Tausug Tribe Lifestyle ( Tradition and Modern)
  • 2. Tausug (people of the current) werethe first tribe in the archipelago tobe converted to Islam. They arehistorically, the ruling people of theancient Sultanate of Jolo, andregard themselves superior toother Philippine Muslims.
  • 3. But not all Tausug people areIslam (muslim). Some of themare Christians.
  • 4. They generally live a combative,"very mascular" life, whereviolence is often an expression ofthe social process. They are traders,fishermen and artisans of fineMuslim textiles and metal works.
  • 5. Some of them are carvings, metalworks, woodworks, tapestry andembroidery, mat making and basketry, textile and fashion, pottery,and other minor arts. Some are called the Tausug mananasal orblacksmiths produce bolo, kalis, and barong (bladed weapons).They invented their own materials for their job.
  • 6. Tausug Fashion: Because majority of Tausug people are Islam, theywear as the same as the Muslims wear.
  • 7. The female biyatawi is a blouse made of plain materiallike satin and is ornamented with tambuku (gold or silverbuttons) on the breast, shoulders, and cuffs. It is usuallyworn with sawwal (loose trousers) of silk or brocade. Ahabul tiyahian is either slung across the shoulder orallowed to hang on one arm .
  • 8. Tausug men wear the sawwal kuput or sawwal kantiyu(tight and loose trousers respectively), and match thiswith the badju lapi, a collarless short-tailored jacketsimilar to the biyatawi. The sleeves of the badju lapi areeither long or "three-fourths" with slits at the wrists. Thebadju lapi is likewise ornamented with tambuku on thebreast, shoulders, and cuffs. The legs of the sawwal kaputare skin-tight down to the ankles, and have 22.5 cm slitson each side, which are also decorated with buttons. Akandit (handwoven or embroidered sash) tied around thewaist serves to keep the sawwal kuput in place. A pissiabit is either tied around the head or left to hang on theshoulder.