Photographer's Note

Bongmal is a remote enclave inhabited by the B'laan Tribe. The B'laan culture is unique; the tribe practices indigenous rituals for almost everything that they do because of their belief on the supremacy of the great Creator named Malu or D'wata, who is the source of everything. The B'laan are strong believers on the interdependency with the environment and must respect the will of the Creator and are not allowed to touch or destroy any creature or object without His permission. They believe that there is only one Supreme Being that rules the cosmos and in the existence of a soul which upon leaving the body causes illness and even death. B'laan men wear their hair long and have tattoos on their back, chest legs and arms, some of the main characteristics practised by men and woman of this tribe is the shaving of the eyebrows and the blackening of their tongues and filed incisors.
The once rich culture that has been existed for thousand of years are now subtly fading with the intrusion of the lowlanders,the mining grant vested upon the giant Australian firm - Sagittarius Mining, stirred its peaceful slumber and accelerated its cultural and topographic obliteration.

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Additional Photos by Czaldy Garrote (muscovado) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 246 W: 56 N: 282] (1572)
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