12/12/12 greets me with a text for a friend’s dad’s funeral. yesterday another friend’s uncle passed on. for me this year has been the records high of folks who have passed on, whether my family members or friend’s parents and other relations. it is the cycle of life and death and the after life. recently i had a conversation with nang lilia cajilog that bangka is more than just a physical vessel. Maria Bernadette L. Abrera wrote in her abstract called: Bangka, Kaluluwa at Katutubong Paniniwala
“Bangka” is the general Philippine term for all kinds of seacraft, variously classified since the sixteenth century as a small and light vessel to a large commercial boat. This term is not found in the seventeenth century Visayan and Bikol vocabularies and instead there appears its synonym, “baloto” whose form and function are the same as that of the bangka.
honoring those who have transitioned, I am thankful to find more of Maria Bernadette L. Abrera’s work on another paper, The Soul Boat and the Boat-Soul: An Inquiry into the Indigenous “Soul.”