Ang Mga Bakla Noon....Paano na Ngayon?

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

I saw this picture in one of my friends wall. Natawa talaga ako. Imagine ang kinatatakutang Rajah Manggubat at ang kanyang magigiting na mga sandig ay mga bading pala? hahahahaha.

Anyway alam ko naman na joke time lang yun. Ngunit naisip ko lang, may mga bakla din kaya noong unang panahon? Kaya nag research talaga para malaman ko ang kasagutan at eto na iyon.

 "In Babaylan Source: The Soul Book, Francisco Demetrio, Gilda Cordero-Fernando, Fernando N. Zialcita, and Roberto B. Feleo (1991) noted how, prior to the arrival of the Spaniards in the Philippines in 1521, being non-heterosexual/non-straight, so to speak, was divine.  Those were the times of the “babaylan, once the central figure of the Hiligaynon supernatural world since he/she is believed to have exclusive powers to cure illnesses, exorcise evil spirits from objects or the human body, or serve as medium between the spiritual and physical worlds.”

“Without him/her, the spiritual life of the (Hiligaynon) community will be in shambles because he/she is the only person who has the knowledge on how to deal with the engkanto (supernatural elements) and other spirits that abound in the Hiligaynon preternatural belief system,” the Filipino authors say.

The babaylan, also called as a shaman, baylandaetahantambalan, ormanggagaway, embodies both the feminine (Earth) and the masculine (sky, or supernatural) elements."

Oh see? imagine sikat pala ang mga bakla noong unang panahon? makapangyarihan at pinaniniwalaan ng mga tao. Subalit nang dumating mga kastila at bininyagan ang ating mga ninuno sa simbahang katolika ay unti unti na ring nakakalimutan ng lipunan ang kahalagahan ng mga binabae sa lipunan at ang dating paggalang ay napalitan ng pangdidiri. Ang dating kapangyarihan ay naging maruming kasalanan sa mga mata ng mga Kristyano.

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