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  • 1. Bajau Laut belongs to the Sama-Bajau group. They are known under different names like bajau or badjao w/c means “man of the seas”.
  • 2. The origin of the Badjao is not clear.
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  • 4. cloth The traditional attire of a Badjao is the “patadjong.”
  • 5. It has many uses; they are made large enough to fit any person and is worn by both men and women as a skirt or gown tucked at the chest level. cloth
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  • 7. Houses of the semisedentary badjaos, who spend periods alternately between theirhouseboats and their village homes. cloth stilt houses on the coast
  • 8. cloth ordinary land houses clustered along protected shorelines Houses of the sedentary badjaos, with commercial pursuits and permanent homes
  • 9. Houses of the the badjaos (sea gypsies), who live in houseboats as itinerant fisherfolk in search of rich fishing grounds. cloth houseboats
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  • 11. cloth A Badjao settlement or community consists of a kawman (moorage), the equivalent of the land-based purok. The head is the panglima, whose main functions are to settle disputes, collect fines, and officiate at weddings. The position is usually inherited, but the title is conferred by the sultan.
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  • 13. The staple food of the Badjao is panggi (cassava) and fish. Rice is served only for dessert or on special occasions. They have no regular meals; hence, there are no Badjao words for breakfast, lunch, a nd supper. They eat whenever they are hungry and there is food. cloth
  • 14. cloth For subsistence and commerce, the men engage in fishing, pearl diving, boat building, fish-trap making, and fishnet weaving. Their fishing methods require group or communal participation.
  • 15. The women engage in mat weaving and, together with their children, gath er clam, snail, se aweed, and so forth, at low tide. cloth
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  • 17. Religion Islam 95.26% Christianity 0.52% cloth Folk Religion/ Other Religions No Religion/ Unknown 0.08% 4.14%
  • 18. cloth Marriage A Badjao wedding is a three day affair with dancing, food and festivities. The whole town is invited.
  • 19. Marriage arrangements are made after the girl’s third menstrual period cloth .The boy is about a year older. Early marriage has evolved as a solution to the cramped living conditions in the houseboat.
  • 20. Medical Practices In times of epidemics, the panday (the medicine man or woman) are acalled upon to remove illness clothcausing spirits from the community. They do this by setting a "spirit boat" adrift in the open sea beyond the village or anchorage.
  • 21. Some Muslim practices have been adopted by some Badjao, such as male and female circumcision and female ear piercing. The panday is called to assist in childbirth, to heal women who have miscarried, to prescribe herbs for abortion, and to perform the pagsunnat (female circumcision). cloth
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