Also known as: Ifugaw; Ipugao; Yfugao

The Ifugao are one of several large, historically non-Christian ethnic groups living in the mountains of northern Luzon. The Ifugao have been noted for worshipping a very large number of supernatural agents (over 1000, according to Barton, 1946). Since the 1960s, most Ifugao have converted to Christianity.

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Traditional Culture(1851)Expand All +
Belief +

Supernatural Beings

Nature Spirits Present, and a major focus of supernatural practice (Source)
Barton (1946), pp. 27-35
Nature god(s) Present, and a major focus of supernatural practice (Source)
Barton (1946), pp. 27-35, 38-39
Ancestral spirits Present, and a major focus of supernatural practice (Source)
Barton (1946), pp. 100
Deified ancestor(s) Present, and a major focus of supernatural practice (Source)
Barton (1946), pp. 27-28
God(s) Present, and a major focus of supernatural practice (Source)
Barton (1946), pp. 11-12, 27-28

Supernatural Punishment

Supernatural punishment for impiety Present (Source)
Barton (1946), pp. 59, 70

Afterlife and Creation

One's actions while living can affect the nature of one's afterlife One factor in determining one's afterlife (Source)
Barton (1946), pp. 247
The actions of others after one has died can affect the nature of one's afterlife One factor in determining one's afterlife (Source)
Villaverde (1909), pp. 247
Myth of humanity’s creation Present, and evolutionary (Source)
Beyer (1913), pp. 99-100
Barton (1946), pp. 96-97
Primordial pair Absent (Source)
Barton (1955)
Culture hero(es) Present, and a major focus of supernatural practice (Source)
Barton (1946), pp. 11-12, 27-28, 35, 67

General Features

Forces of nature are controlled by or imbued with the supernatural Present (Source)
Villaverde (1909), pp. 247-248

Classes of Tapu

Social hierarchy tapu Absent (Source)
Barton (1919), pp. 11-14
Resource management tapu Present (Source)
Barton (1919), pp. 12
Kinship tapu Present (Source)
Barton (1919), pp. 12

Mana

Mana as a spiritual or religious concept Absent (Source)
Blevins (2008), pp. 262
Blust (2007)
Keesing (1984)
Mana as a personal quality Absent (Source)
Blevins (2008), pp. 262
Blust (2007)
Keesing (1984)
Mana related to social influence or technical skill Absent (Source)
Practice +

General Supernatural Practices

Headhunting Present (Source)
Alarcon & Scott (1965)
Costly sacrifices and offerings Present (Source)
Alarcon & Scott (1965)

Rites

Tooth pulling Absent from culture (Source)
Worcester (1906), pp. 827-828
Scarification Absent from culture (Source)
Worcester (1906), pp. 827-828
Piercing Present in culture, but not as a rite or feature of a rite (Source)
Worcester (1906), pp. 827
Tattooing Present in culture, but not as a rite or feature of a rite (Source)
Worcester (1906), pp. 827
Genital cutting Absent from culture (Source)
Worcester (1906), pp. 827-828
Social Environment +
Population 40,000 (Source)
Census Office of the Philippine Islands (1921), pp. 28, 900
Conklin (1980), pp. 36
Population of largest political community 99 or fewer (Source)
Barton (1919), pp. 19
Importance of Patrilateral descent Medium (Source)
Hockings (1993), pp. 99-100
Importance of Matrilateral descent Medium (Source)
Hockings (1993), pp. 99-100
Polygamy Monogamy prescribed (Source)
Alarcon & Scott (1965)
Marital residence Neolocal - separate from kin (Source)
Hockings (1993), pp. 100

Conflict

(No) external warfare Common, at least every five years (Source)
Dumia (1979), pp. 7
Conflict within community Low (Source)
Alarcon & Scott (1965)
Barton (1922), pp. 387
(No) internal warfare Frequent, occurring at least yearly (Source)
Alarcon & Scott (1965)
Barton (1919), pp. 77
Isolation +
Contact with other cultures Frequent, through trade, warfare, travel, etc. (Source)
Dumia (1979), pp. 28
Distance to closest landmass inhabited by a different culture (km) 0.0 (Source)
Barton (1919), pp. 8-9
Distance to nearest continent 817.0 (Source)
Lebar (1975), pp. 78
Pre-Austronesian population Present: Clear evidence of human occupation prior to Austronesian settlement (Source)
Bellwood (1995), pp. 109
Hindu / Buddhist influence on supernatural belief Evidence of influence (Source)
Barton (1946), pp. 13
Islamic influence on supernatural belief No evidence of influence and not in region of known contact (Source)
Cribb (2000), pp. Map 2.21
Christian influence on supernatural belief No evidence of influence but in a region where contact is likely (Source)
Dumia (1979), pp. 38-39
Subsistence and Economy +

Land-based means of subsistence

Animal husbandry as a source of food Minor (Source)
Barton (1922), pp. 398, 421
Land-based hunting performed by individuals Minor (Source)
Barton (1922), pp. 391-392, 394, 397
Land-based gathering Minor (Source)
Barton (1922), pp. 397
Land-based hunting performed by one or more groups Minor (Source)
Barton (1922), pp. 391-392, 397
Agriculture / Horticulture Principal (Source)
Barton (1922), pp. 398

Water-based means of subsistence

Fishing and water-based hunting performed by one or more groups Minor (Source)
Barton (1922), pp. 396-397
Fishing and water-based hunting performed by individuals Minor (Source)
Barton (1922), pp. 396-397
Water-based gathering Medium (Source)
Barton (1922), pp. 396-397

Commercial Activity

Trade / wage labour as a source of food Minor (Source)
Barton (1922), pp. 398
Metalworking Present (Source)
Lebar (1975), pp. 80
Physical Environment +

Geographical Range of Culture

Number of islands inhabited by culture One (Source)
Hockings (1993), pp. 99

Features of Island with Largest Culture Population

Island type (island with largest culture population or largest island if unknown) Volcanic high island (Source)
Yumul et al. (2009), pp. 732-733
Island Size (km²) 104688.0 (Source)
'Luzon' (2019)
Maximum elevation (meters) 2930.0 (Source)
'Luzon' (2019)

Location

Latitude 16.7 (Source)
Barton (1922), pp. 386
Longitude 121.2 (Source)
Barton (1922), pp. 386
Post Contact History(1851-2014)Expand All +
Religious History +

Conversion

Use of force in conversion Low (Source)
Dumia (1979), pp. 38-40
Adoption of a world religion Present and predominant (Source)
Kwiatkowski (2004), pp. 499
Dumia (1979), pp. 24, 83
Resident missionary involvement in conversion process Present, and from non-Austronesian societies (Source)
Dumia (1979), pp. 24, 38-39

Syncretic Movements

Syncretic religious movements Absent (Source)
Dumia (1979), pp. 38-40
Secular History +

Demographic and Social Changes

Foreign government systems Present, and of high importance (Source)
Kwiatkowski (2013), pp. 267-368
Immigration Absent (Source)
Kwiatkowski (2004), pp. 498

Economic Changes

Changes in means of subsistence Medium (Source)
Kwiatkowski (2004), pp. 498
Wardini (2008), pp. 71-72
Exportation of goods to other cultures Present and substantial (Source)
Kwiatkowski (2013), pp. 374

Modern Infrastructure

Vehicles and roads Present and widely used (Source)
Dumia (1979), pp. 43-44, 54

Loss of Autonomy

Nature of loss of autonomy Partly voluntary (Source)
Dumia (1979), pp. 27-28
Loss of political autonoomy High (Source)
Kwiatkowski (2013)
Current Culture(2014)Expand All +
Belief +

Religious Demographics

Dominant world religion Christianity (Source)
Kwiatkowski (2004), pp. 499
External Links
References
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