The Tinguian eBook

This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 351 pages of information about The Tinguian.

Primitive people display more or less timidity in giving their songs for scientific purposes.  Such timidity is especially apt to be manifested in their attacks.  In the Da-eng, Girls’ Part (Record J), the delayed attack at the beginning of each new verse is very marked.  The delay varies considerably from verse to verse, as indicated by the number of beats rest shown at the ends of the lines.  Similar pauses are found in the Boys’ Part of the same ceremony (see Record A).  These beats rest or pauses are not to be taken as part of the legitimate rhythm, for it is more than likely that if the singers were giving their songs in their regular ceremonial and the performers unconscious of observation, these pauses would not occur.

In transcribing those songs which have several verses on the record, the notation has been so arranged on the page that the measures line up vertically, making comparison easy between corresponding measures of the different verses.

To indicate peculiar qualities, special signs are used in connection with the regular musical symbols.  The table which follows shows these signs and also lists the qualities for which they stand.  Some of these qualities could have been represented by regular musical symbols, but it was thought best to use the special signs to make them stand out more prominently.  The qualities thus indicated as well as those which are represented by the regular musical notation will be found listed and defined after the tabulation of qualities.

Words of the Da-Eng

Part I.  Sung in line. [250]

   Ma-li-dom ag-dag-da-gi yo-ma-yom
    Yom-ma-yom ta yom-ma-yom ag-dag-da-gi yo-ma-yom. 
   Ma-la-nas ag-dag-da-gi na-sa-nas
    Ma-sa-nas ta ma-sa-nas ag-dag-da-gi na-sa-nas. 
   Si On-na-i in-no-bi-yan ki-not-ko-tan Na-to-tan
    Na-to-tan ta na-to-tan ki-not ko-tan na-to-tan. 
   Kol-kol-dong si gi-nol-bat nga ag-moli-moli-yat
    Mo-li-yat ta mo-li-yat ag-mo-li mo-li-yat. 
   Ka-lan-tag kal-la-yan-nen ag-ka-idig-na-yan
    dig-na-yan ta dig-na-yan ag-ka-i dig-na-yan. 
   A-na-on si Tak-la-yan na-is-ti-lo ai bolo
    Bin-no-lo ta bin-no-lo na-is-ti-lo ai bo-lo. 
   Sok-bot ni ka-bin-bin-an adi ma-sil-si-li-ban
    si-li-ban ta si-li-ban adi ma-sil-si-liban
   Ba-gai-ba-yem dem-ma-ngen si-nol-bo-dan ni kolat.
    ki-no-lat ta ki-no-lat ai ag-ki-no ki-no-lat. 
   Sabak ni am-mo-ga-wen mimog-go-mog di-kai-wen
    di-kai-wen ta ki-kai wen mimog-go-mog di-kai-wen. 
   Sabak ni an-na-a-wen mi-ka-li-ya li-ya-wen. 
    Li-ya-wen ta li-ya-wen ai ag-li-ya li-ya-wen

Part II.  Sung in line.

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