Pindulas

The Yakan people are native to the island of Basilan. They have a very distinct culture that set them apart from their neighbors, the Tausugs and Jama Mapuns. A Yakan wedding (pigkawin) is a festive occasion for a community. Food, music and dancing is lavish in such weddings. One of the highlight is the dance for the bride and groom called pindulas (also papindulas), similar to the Tausug pangalay. The newlywed dance the pindulas in their wedding finery which include a rice flour make-up consisting of geometric dots and dashes around their faces believed to hide their true identities from bad spirits who might malign their marriage.

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