Exploring Traditional Healing Rituals of Partid Albularyo and Understanding Its Cultural Significance to Local Beliefs

Traditional healers now practise under different names, such as albularyo, manghihilot, mangluluop, mangtatawas, and faith healers, from the old name babaylan. They are instrumental in ensuring that their kapwa (fellow) receives the health care that an person needs irrespective of gender and social status. In this sense, the study traced the presence of traditional healers in the fourth district of the Partido region of the province of Camarines Sur. Ancient parabulong was found to be commonly referred to as albularyo in the Partido region, which is considered to be the “general practitioner” in most folklore modalities, typically versed in the use of medicinal herbs and spiritual / supernatural interventions. In performing oràsyon, hilot, and himolso, their procedures and rituals were observed with similarities; likewise, with their traditional healing paraphernalia such as lana and kandilâ. Although differences and similarities are noted in the explanation of theirs. The healing practises and procedures of these main informants are all based on God with a pure purpose to cure one’s ailments and to benefit other people. Further research on the psychological effects of albularyos and the discovery of other traditional healing characteristics of the Partido region should therefore be carried out and maintained as part of the culture and tradition of the local people. If possible, it is understood that these indigenous healers need to create an association so that they will not be abused by this modern society and will continue to survive for centuries.

Author (s) Details

Niño R. Rebuya
Tourism Management Department, Partido State University—San Jose Campus, Camarines Sur, Philippines.

Emy S. Lasarte
Partido State University—San Jose Campus, Camarines Sur, Philippines.

Mericia Mila A. Amador
Partido State University—San Jose Campus, Camarines Sur, Philippines.

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