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The Bontoc Igorot

The Bontoc Igorot by Albert Ernest Jenks

The Bontoc Igorot by Albert Ernest Jenks is a fascinating ethnographic study that provides a detailed look into the culture, beliefs, and practices of the Bontoc Igorot people of the Philippines. Through Jenks' meticulous observations and interviews with the Bontoc Igorot, readers are given insight into their social structure, religious beliefs, rituals, and daily life.

One of the strengths of this book is Jenks' ability to portray the Bontoc Igorot people in a respectful and non-judgmental manner. He approaches his study with an open mind, seeking to understand and document their traditions and customs without imposing his own biases. This allows readers to gain a true appreciation for the complexity and richness of Bontoc Igorot culture.

The book is well-organized and easy to follow, with chapters dedicated to different aspects of Bontoc Igorot life such as marriage, death rituals, agriculture, and warfare. Jenks provides ample examples and anecdotes to illustrate the points he is making, making the text engaging and informative.

Overall, The Bontoc Igorot is a valuable resource for anyone interested in the anthropology of Southeast Asia or indigenous cultures. Jenks' thorough research and thoughtful analysis make this book a seminal work in the field of ethnography.

Book Description:
The Bontoc Igorot
by Albert Ernest Jenks
After an expedition of two months in September, October, and November, 1902, among the people of northern Luzon it was decided that the Igorot of Bontoc pueblo, in the Province of Lepanto-Bontoc, are as typical of the primitive mountain agriculturist of Luzon as any group visited, and that ethnologic investigations directed from Bontoc pueblo would enable the investigator to show the culture of the primitive mountaineer of Luzon as well as or better than investigations centered elsewhere. Accompanied by Mrs. Jenks, the writer took up residence in Bontoc pueblo the 1st of January, 1903, and remained five months. The following data were gathered during that Bontoc residence, the previous expedition of two months, and a residence of about six weeks among the Benguet Igorot. The accompanying illustrations are mainly from photographs. Some of them were taken

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