Palawanon Courtship

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Palawanon courtship is peculiar in a sense that it departs from the tradition of majority ethnic groups wherein most important consideration is for the prospective bridegroom to have ample means. It would seem that, among Palawanons the most important qualification is for the parents to be adept in the art of answering riddles. Pasabuli is how this stage of Palawanon courtship is termed. Riddles are propounded by the prospective bride’s parents. It devolves upon the prospective bridegroom’s parents to solve and answer them. Only when the prospective bridegroom’s parents can satisfactorily answer them does the courtship transfer to the Pabalic, or session for the bargaining of the onsod (or dowry).

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Source:

Anima, N. 1975. Courtship and Marriage Practices among Philippine Tribes. La Loma: Omar.

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