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Places for HappinessCommunity, Self, and Performance in the Philippines$
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William Peterson

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780824851637

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824851637.001.0001

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Time and Transcendence at Ati-atihan

Time and Transcendence at Ati-atihan

(p.129) Chapter 5 Time and Transcendence at Ati-atihan
Places for Happiness

William Peterson

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter considers how dance functions in the context of the Ati-atihan Festival in the town of Kalibo in the Visayan region, mapping out a phenomenologically-grounded anthropology of perception that extends from what the body experiences at such a durational event. Devoted to the veneration of the Santo Niño, or Holy Child, this festival, which celebrated its 800th anniversary in 2012, fuses a pre-Christian quasi-mythic story about a 13th Century encounter between the dark skinned indigenous Ati people and the lighter skinned settlers from modern day Borneo, onto a celebration of mass conversion of natives in the sixteenth century by a Spanish priest.

Keywords:   Philipines, Ati-atihan, Santo Niño, dance, festival, Ati, Catholicism, indigeneity, identity, happiness

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