Babaylan Sing Back
Philippine Shamans and Voice, Gender, and Place
Published by: Cornell University Press
252 pages, 152.00 x 229.00 x 0.00 mm, 10 b&w halftones, 4 maps
- ISBN: 9781501760099
- Published: November 2021
Babaylan Sing Back depicts the embodied voices of Native Philippine ritual specialists popularly known as babaylan. These ritual specialists are widely believed to have perished during colonial times, or to survive on the margins in the present-day. They are either persecuted as witches and purveyors of superstition, or valorized as symbols of gender equality and anticolonial resistance.
Drawing on fieldwork in the Philippines and in the Philippine diaspora, Grace Nono's deep engagement with the song and speech of a number of living ritual specialists demonstrates Native historical agency in the 500th year anniversary of the contact between the people of the Philippine Islands and the European colonizers.
1. Who Sings? A Baylan's Embodied Voice and its Relations
2. Shifting Voices and Malleable Bodies
3. Song Travels: Mumbaki Mobility and the Relationality of Place