Babaylan: Filipinos and the Call of the Indigenous

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Leny Mendoza Strobel
Center for Babaylan Studies, 2010 - Philippine literature (English) - 310 pages
How does one embody the spirit of the Babaylan? How do we heal from colonial and sexual trauma by invoking the healing spirit of the Babaylan? Can the Babaylan narrative be a powerful critique and salve for the psychic split of modernity? This collection of scholarly essays and personal narratives by decolonizing scholars, poets/writers, artists, culture-bearers, and activities, offer the wisdom and insights gleaned from their engagement with the Babaylan tradition and practice. The writers all share this belief: If we can articulate the Babaylan healing practice and Kapwa psychology as our intellectual, emotional, cultural, and spiritual capital -- then we have much to offer to each other, to our communities and to the world. We offer these gifts to everyone ready to receive the call of the Indigenous.

About the author (2010)

Leny Mendoza Strobel is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of American Multicultural Studies at Sonoma State University in California. She is the Project Director of the Center for Babaylan Studies.

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