Taga-Amo or Courtship by Means of Love Charm

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One of the things that imbue Pangasinense courtship and marriage practices a class unto itself is an object locally known as taga-amo. In the Pangasinense vernacular, it means “potion or drink.” In other words, Taga-amo courtship should be taken to mean “courtship by means of love charm.”

But it is not only a drink. It could also be oil immersed in herbs with known aphrodisiac properties. When the taga-amo is drank or when the oil is rubbed on a woman’s skin, it makes her a slave in love, if not actually so, even if she hates a man at first.

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Source:

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

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