Addat Sama

Addat Sama refers to the customs and cultures of Sama people. We frequently have new articles about the culture of the Philippines Sama and Malaysian Bajau written sometimes in English and sometimes in Sinama.

Langgal Tabawan and Igal Tabawan

Interview with Sir Omarjan Jahuran inside Langgal Tabawan

While Tawi-Tawi is starting to become a place frequented by tourists, Tabawan is a small island in Tawi-Tawi that is off the beaten path.  Here the cultures and traditions of the Sama people have been maintained to a high degree along with their livelihood and autonomy.  Professor Jose S. Buenconsejo goes off the beaten path in […]

Pagtulak Bala’ as Observed in Tabawan

Pagtulak Bala' as Observed in Tabawan

The following video was taken in Laum Tabawan upon the observance of Pagtulak Balaꞌ, a Sama ritual that seeks to cleanse a community of evil spirits during the Islamic month of Sappal. Evil spirits are said to be especially active during the month of Sappal. The tulak bala’ is a call to any evil spirits […]

Story Buli’ Kap

Story Buli' Kap

In Buli’ Kap, pū’ iya. Maingga aniya’ saga magkamatay ilu, maī’ pasampay, maī’ na sigām maglahat ma pū’ inān. Sasuku ya saga mbal tinaima’ ma riyata’ ī’ hatina maina’an dahūan ma pū’ inān. Angkanna tuwi’ bang aniya’ a’a allum makapī’ ni sigām, na ya ī’ pinagtabangan e’ sigām kin’llo’ supaya halahuwalam, kinakan ka e’ sigām atawa pinapatay.

Amelle’ Bungsud – Gathering at a Tuna Fishtrap

Amelle’ refers to the gathering of many small fishing vessels around a catch of fish as the white-fronted sea eagle (belle’) does. A school of tuna swam into three different permanent fish traps one afternoon, but managed to escape before the local fishermen could close the trap. Mura-murahan pagbalik aku amelle’ aniya’ na patta’ku saga daing sobad mareyom pokot.

Sama Boats

Ginis Bayanan ma Tahik

Bay pattaku saga bayanan itu ma kauman kami ma pasalan aniya’ saga t’llu atawa mpat ginis bayanan ta’nda’ku. Aniya’ pusu, pambōt maka papet. Ma Sinama kasehe’an manjari kono’ buti atawa tempel-tempel isab pangōn ma duwa bayanan halam katigan.

Bayanan min Tawi-Tawi

Itiya’ isab duwa bayanan ta’nda’ku ma Tawi-Tawi alahang tabāk ma Mindanao. Aniya’ maitu boggo’ atawa biggung ma Sinama kasehe’an. Aniya’ isab biral.

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