Ambahan: Sickness

Sickness is unavoidable in human life. A person who is ill can easily be recognized. Sometimes, whatever is done, all treatment seems to be in vain. But there is always a treatment that's been forgotten.

Ambahan 131
Hanunuo-Mangyan English Filipino
Handwritten version of ambahan 131

This my problem, my headache,
I had called the doctors all,
had it treated frequently
but my headache didn't go.
Like the storm not calming down,
like the rain that doesn't stop
it was even getting worse:
my head almost cracking up.
But the final medicine,
why did I not think of it?
We must love each other more.
Then the problem will be gone,
carried along by the wind,
covered by the forest trees,
and we will be sad no more.

Itong ulong makirot
Dinalit na't ginamot
Niritwal na sa bulong
Ayaw pong huminahon
Parang bagyong inikot
Laging unang lagunot
Lalo itong tumibok
Sa bunbunan paloob
Datapwa't iyang gamot
Ikaw, sa 'king pagsukot
Ay karamay kong irog!
Huhupa na ang kirot
Sa hangin ipasaklot
Sa gubat ipataklob
Lalaho na ang lungkot!

A serious condition might develop. The usual treatments are of little help.

Ambahan 132
Hanunuo-Mangyan English Filipino
Handwritten version of ambahan 132

Says Yumay, when feeling ill:
Daog, I am calling you.
I am coming all the way
to visit your house, Daog.
I would like to ask from you,
if you could apply your wit,
have me treated with your charms.
The main reason for all this:
my problem, my headache was
treated seven times in vain,
still the sickness doesn't go!
I am worried and I think
that this sickness will result
finally into my death.

Panawagan ni Yumay
Si Daog tawag tawag
Pakay niya sa lakad
Si Daog sa may dampa
Ako nawa'y tulungan
Sa bulong mong malakas
Sa mabisa mong dasal
Kaya nga nagkaganyan
Masakit ang uluhan
Pito mang patas-unan
Kirot pa'y palagian
Huwag sana, h'wag naman
Sakit waring hantungan
Tiyak na kamatayan!

Why don't the treatments work? Maybe all the requirements of offerings to the spirits were not properly fulfilled.

Ambahan 133
Hanunuo-Mangyan English Filipino
Handwritten version of ambahan 133

Says the spirit of the spring:
What has been your offering?
Softly cooked rice, there was none,
Not a chicken, even one!
Only some fruits from a tree!
What else could the answer be
but rains and a hurricane
hitting house and yard again.
What are you going to do?
Incantation might help you
or a seer and his wit!
Maybe he can solve your case
and prevent further disgrace.
Says the one responsible:
You, dear spirit of the well,
Please, do hide your angriness!
It's my fault, I do confess.
I'll bring the best from my floor
that you will complain no more.

Wika ng lamang-lupa
Apo Ilog nagbanta:
Handog na kani'y wala
Ni manok na 'hinanda
Bungang-kahoy lamang ba
Ambo'y umampiyas nga
Hangin ay hagunot na
Sa kabila ng dampa
Anong ibibigay pa
Bibigkas ng dasal ba?
Uusal ng dalit ha
Ganyang magmatigas ka
Hanggang katapusan pa!
Sumagot ang sinama:
Kayo, Poon ng sapa
H'wag kapootan nawa
Alay namin, dulog na
Sa sahig nagmumula
Sa sumpa po'y iadya!

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Handwritten version of ambahan 131
Handwritten version of ambahan 132
Handwritten version of ambahan 133