TASADAY

PHILIPPINES - Mindanao


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MARC ID:                          626.
ALTERNATE NAMES:                  Cotabato Manobo.
SIZE OF GROUP:                    100.
LOCATION:                         South Cotabato, Mindanao.
DISTINCTIVES:                     nr.
SOCIAL CHANGE:                    nr.
LANGUAGES:                        Tasaday, a dialect of Manobo, Cotabato.
SCRIPTURE:                        Portions 1964-1979. Work in progress in
                                  Cotabato Manobo; probably not available in
                                  Tasaday dialect..
RECORDINGS:                       Yes, in Cotabato Manobo; probably not in the
                                  Tasaday dialect.
RELIGION:                         Animism.
CHURCHES & MISSIONS:              nr.
OPENNESS TO RELIGIOUS CHANGE:     nr.
RECEPTIVITY TO CHRISTIANITY:      nr.
GROWTH OF CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY:    nr.
EVANGELISM PROFILE:               nr.

      The following is taken from the 11/3/90 issue of GLOBAL PRAYER DIGEST
          Frontier Fellowship, Inc.,P.O. Box 90970, Pasadena, CA 91104
                    PLEAD WITH GOD FOR THE UNREACHED PEOPLES
       PRAY FOR A STRONG CHURCH AMONG THE 100 TASADAYS OF THE PHILIPPINES
                                BY THE YEAR 2000.

     Balayam and his friends squatted in the clearing, tensely watching the
strangers who had come from outside the forest.  Until a few weeks ago,
Balayam's people had never seen a Westerner.  Yet now they were trying to
converse with a group of them, though the dialect Balayam spoke was
substantially different from that of any of their visitors.  when the outsiders
asked about the moon and what it meant, Balayam did not know how to answer.
Prior to his coming to this clearing, he hadn't even known that the moon "had a
body stuck in the sky"; he had never seen it through the thick foliage of the
jungle.
     Balayam and his people, who are known as Tasadays, had apparently been
isolated from the outside world for generations when the discovery of this group
on the Philippine island of Mindanao made headlines in 1971.  The tribe of less
than a hundred members was thought to be the most primitive people on earth.
They were food gatherers, eating only foods easily found in the jungle.  They
spent much of their time in caves, and until their recent exposure to other
peoples, their only tools were stone.
     Last November, anthropologists met in Washington, D.C. to investigate
recent allegations that the discovery of the
Tasadays was an elaborate hoax.  The legitimacy of the existence of the Tasaday
people could not unequivocally be confirmed nor denied in any case, this people
group is rapidly blending with the Blit people, another sub-group in the Manobo
ethnolinguistic branch.  Regardless of the true identity of the Tasadays, they
represent a small segment of people who do not know Jesus.
     Lord, You understand the Tasaday people completely.  Send someone to tell
them of the true God who made the very forest in which they live.


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