Meet Whang Od. She lives in the Philippines and is the last master of the art of traditional, hand-tapped Filipino tattoos.
Whang Od is 93 and her body is adorned with snakes and millipedes. She is the last practitioner of a very special art form – and all she needs for this art form, are charcoal, water, a dash of sugar cane juice for shine, and the thorns of the orange tree, which she uses as needles. She’s highly sought after by young people around the world. The film accompanies Charly and Egan, two brave young men who have travelled to the remote village Buscalan to meet Whang Od. ‘Some wet their pants because they’re so scared,’ says Whang Od and laughs. Even getting to the village she lives in is a challenge: a narrow path leads through the jungle, deep down into a canyon and finally up into the mountains. ‘You can fly to the Moon, but you can’t build a road to Buscalan,’ say the people in Kalinga province, a region more remote and unexplored than any other in the country. Reporter Philipp Abresch took the trek upon himself - with the help of twenty-five porters.
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I can see this was shoot maybe a year or a couple years ago because today our Province which is Kalinga is improving especially here in Tabuk City which is the Capital of Kalinga. you can see it on our roads and buildings being built. You could come and visit as here we have a lot more places to offer beside Buscalan.
I've also heard from my friend that Whang Od cups her male clients' balls before giving them a tattoo. It's a joke-turned-tradition, he said. I was hoping to see that happen in this video. Lol. 😅 Anyway, Whang Od grabbed my friend's balls. My friend said they had a good laugh about it. In the end, the tatts he got looked so cool that the pain from the process and the embarrassment from having been groped were all worth it.
Whang Od is a national treasure and I'd love to get my first tattoo from her before she retires. 😊
WOW! some of the things they do are so similar to my people of the Pacific. I'm sure there is some link between us (Polynesian, Melanesian and Micronesian) and them. Beautiful, embrace the culture and dont let it fade. ❤️
Uh no. This is cultural appropriation. These tattoos are meant for warriors and now it’s being commodified. Stop glorifying and supporting this. Whang-od only does this because they need to earn money. What we really should talk about is how the Philippine government keeps on exploiting the lands of the Kalinga. It’s because of that they have to earn a living and sacrifice their culture.
She's a living national treasure. Can someone get her an optometrist and an internist up there to make sure she'll last another hundred years. Although, whatever she's doing must be right since the average life span for Filipinos in 2015 is 68 years.
I'm a Kalingan Filipino and the culture of Kalinga is absolutely fascinating. Us, people from Kalinga, are nice and headhunting was a thing of the past, so please don't be afraid to try and get to know us and our culture.
she possesses a beauty that can only posses by IGOROT women ... a talent that can only be measured by courage and pain ... and a product that has passed on by generation to generation ... a stitches that represent a dying culture ... let us not forget those traditions that we have even before Spanish rule our land ...thanks for uploading this documentary video..
For those whom said Filipino copies that is wrong. Just remember other colonists tried to remove that tradition from Philippines entirely. Gladly you guys are still holding onto it. Us Polynesians may disagree but our cultures spread through both Pacific and Indian Ocean. I would say Samoa and Philippines share a lot in common.
Hey everybody, a lot of tourists/foreigners who visit Buscalan please make sure you give Whang Od and Grace proper respect and PROPER COMPENSATION/Tips/resources like food/animals etc/maybe help her with housekeeping. There have been facebook reports of tourists and etc who pollute the area, are noisy, have sex in plain view in the huts/houses, don't give Whang Od a proper rest. She's a old woman and a national treasure, and should not be treated like a commodity.
If the Philippines have never been invaded and killed over and over again from British, Spanish,American and The Japanese...We Maybe Have The Most Oldest People in The World...Our Inventors and Geniuses Been Killed and Robbed and They Almost Eliminated Our Original RiceWine From That Mountain Of Banawe...We Already Have Rice But Some Invader Just Robbed that Rice Wine...and Making their Own.
It’s Envy why they come to Invade Us and Killed Our bravest Warriors...We Already have our own Fist fight. And to make story short..by our hundreds variety of menu’s of foods and desserts is a signs that Philippines is Rich.
From least greatest (10) to greatest greatest (1), the poems in this list are limited to ones originally written in the English language and which are under 50 lines, excluding poems like Homer’s Iliad and Edgar Allan Poe’s “Raven.” Each poem is followed by some brief analysis. Many good poems and poets had to be left off of this list. In the comments section below, feel free to make additions or construct your own lists. You can also submit analyses of classic poetry to [email protected] They will be considered for publication on this website.
10. “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost (1874-1963)
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both And be one traveler, long I stood And looked down one as far as I could To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair, And having perhaps the better claim, Because it was grassy and wanted wear; Though as for that the passing there Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay In leaves no step had trodden black. Oh, I kept the first for another day! Yet knowing how way leads on to way, I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh Somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I— I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.
Meaning of the Poem.
This poem deals with that big noble question of “How to make a difference in the world?” On first reading, it tells us that the choice one makes really does matter, ending: “I took the one less traveled by, / And that has made all the difference.”