Boni is an Igorot tribal healing ritual, still in use in the Mountain Province, performed by village elder or "mambonong" for the treatment of a wide range of illnesses - including cancer, debility, or to counter witchcraft and spells. After prayers invoking the gods and spirits, while partaking in the drinking of "tapoy" or rice wine, the elder or mambonong orders the slaughter of a native "black" pig.

The slaughter is performed by the "tudok" method, stabbing the pig in the upper lateral chest (below the foreleg) to cause internal bleeding. The pig is then placed atop embers of burning wood for about an hour. The animal is opened and the liver is removed and presented to the mambonong.

The healer checks the qualty of the liver and if "healthy" looking, applies it to the ailing part. If the liver looks "unhealthy," it is discarded and another pig -sometimes as many as four or five - is slaughtered until an appropriate healthy looking liver is obtained.

After the healing ritual, the healer, family and villagers divide the pig remains. When the patient's family is unable to do an outright purchase for the pigs, payment is usually made as barter of goods or labor.

(See: Healers and Healing in the Cordillera)

F R I N G E     T H E R A P I E S
Anting-Anting Palaspas
Boni Pyramid Power
Erny Baron's Triangle Santo Nino Healing Rituals
Kudlit Tiuyuy
Kulam Tawas, Lunas, Bulong, Orasyon
Lunas Unton


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