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Ifugao Gongs

Ifugao Gongs
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Copyright: Eman Muncal (graemann) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 345 W: 60 N: 207] (5166)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-01-13
Categories: Daily Life, Artwork
Camera: Canon 350D (Digital Rebel XT), Sigma 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC, Compact Flash Card
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-01-19 21:01
Viewed: 11883
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Ifugao have various types of musical instruments and songs for different occasions, particularly during village rituals and social gatherings.

Among the percussion instruments, the gongs commonly called the gangsa or gangha are the most popular. The gangsa is an ensemble of 3 to 4 flat gongs played in special rhythms, while the gangha is usually made of brass or bronze. The individual gongs are called tobob, hibat, or ahhot. The manner of playing the tobob, the low-pitched gong, with clenched fist, is unique to the Ifugao.

The other gongs are played with sticks that strike the inner surface of the gong- the hibat producing resonant tones and the ahhot producing the damped sounds. During the harvest rituals the libbit, a small conical drum, is added to the ensemble (Prudente, 1991). Another percussion instrument is the bangibang or pattong. It is a pair made of straight or boomerang-shaped wood. Sound is produced by striking or banging the instrument. The langitang is generally used during burial rituals, to drive away spirits, and revenge rituals for a slain Ifugao.

--from http://litera1no4.tripod.com/ifugao_frame.html

When we went to Baguio City, I was hoping to catch real Ifugaos. Instead we went to Tam-Awan Village where there are young male Ifugaos performing a native dance while beating these gongs.

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  • Konie Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 303 W: 29 N: 298] (3006)
  • [2007-01-19 22:02]
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Hi Emman,

Nice photo of the gongs. I remember loving listening to their sounds while the women are dancing when I was still studying in Baguio.

Yes, you captured them so well. You were able to bring out the true colors of the gongs and arranged them well too. TFS and have a nice weekend bro.


Excellent POV and find bro...useful note indeed. :D

Emmanuel, Great photo, for a moment I thought I am looking at cigerettes and ashtrays. Wonderfully captured, good POV and clarity. Well done and TFS.

Galing ng kuha, master. Medyo kulang lang sa pagkaka-compose, pero hindi ko matiyak kung ano. Basta kulang sa punch. Pero ikaw pa rin ang pinakamagaling na master sa balat ng lupa! :D

  • Zeperix Gold Star Critiquer [C: 136 W: 4 N: 116] (1069)
  • [2007-01-21 1:08]
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Good shot! At first the thumbnail looked like cigarettes in ash trays. I like the shapes and rhythms they create.

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