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TBOLI lexicon

Un Lexique Culturel de la langue Tboli (Philippines)

Compilé par Myrna Pula
Un projet ICRA/FMCA
Coordination : Altamira (www.altamiramonde.net)
Réalisation technique : Olivier Depaule et Christophe Macq

A cultural lexicon of Tboli language (Philippines)

Compiled by Myrna Pula
An ICRA/FMCA project
Coordination : Altamira (www.altamiramonde.net)
Technical design : Olivier Depaule and Christophe Macq

Found words : 267
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When the mother teases a baby she will hide her face then when she opens her face for the baby to see she will say ba! and the baby will laugh loud out.


any blade of bolo, the sharp area is called the bak. Bakdol is a door opening. Baktikeb is the term for doorway. Bakbengaw is window opening. Bak ilong is a nose opening.


This betel nut is so important to the tribe, it is a sign of hospitality. This fruit has a deep story in the tribe, not only because of myth but in actual tbolis can't live with out it. This fruit is chewed with the leaf called iko and lime made of burned shell and along with it we chew tobacco.


hammerwe use stones before as hammer. We also use hard wood, but now we buy hammer.


chips of wood that we collect and be used to build up fire.


doorwayDoor opening. Tboli put mirror on the doorway so that when enemies come people home shall be awaken because of the power of the mirror.


doorThe passage into the house.


tobaccowe grow tobacco, tbolis grind it inside the bamboo with lime then chew it with the betelnut.


shareIn the culture when a couple separates all the girls go to the father as his share and all the boys shall go to the wife as her share. This is not just a share but division of responsibilities. When comes to harvests. We give 3% share to the one harvesting. When datu dies the first wife divide wealth among the co-wives.


jackfruitThis is a fruit that its bark and roots are medicinal. When one suffers stomack ache, we boil roots along with other herbs for treatment. This fruit when young we cook it with other vegetables to serve as viand.