Culture is an interesting field of study. Yet it is only now that I realize that when it comes to my own culture, I am not as knowledgeable as I thought I am. Doing my paper in “mortuary rituals,” I’ve come to realize that this is the first time I’ve focused my attention on this particular practice and this is the first time I’ve taken a keen in asking my mother (a native Ibaloi) about it. I have an Ibaloi blood but it shames me to admit I cannot really associate myself with being an Ibaloi.
The problem I’ve come to realize, is perfectly distinguished by C.W. Mills when he presented the concept of “troubles and issues.” At first I thought it was me. That it’s because of my disinterest in my own culture that caused my ignorance. But then I realized also that most of my contemporary Igorots…
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