Kris | Nayong Pilipino Foundation (@atingnayon)

In the Tausug magpasumbayi marriage tradition, if a man is financially unable to gather the bridewealth, he is to seek the house of the woman he intends to marry with an imam and bring the amount he can afford with a kris. Should the woman’s parents refuse the offer, the kris shall be used against him resulting in his death.

Parts of Kris

  1. Asang-asang (stirrup)
  2. Puhan (hilt)
  3. Katik (guard)
  4. Gutlang Katik (line separating guard from blade)
  5. Taguban (scabbard)
  6. Tiuwang (blade)

Source: Abubakar, Carmen, Gary E. P. Cheng. “Tausug” in CCP Encyclopedia of Philippine Art Digital Edition., updated by Robert V. Panaguiton and Rosario Cruz-Lucero. Cultural Center of the Philippines, 2020. Accessed September 22, 2021.

Filhistorydotcom. Components of the Moro kris (kalis), are given in three languages: Tausūg, Maguindanao, & Meranao). Sources: Robert Cato’s Moro Swords (1996) and Irene Hassan, et al.’s Tausug-English Dictionary (1994, Summer Institute of Linguistics). 2009. Digital Image. 800 × 422 pixels. Wikimedia Commons.

Image Source: Nayong Pilipino Foundation, Kris, Digital Archival Photo, ‪4,272 x 2,848‬ pixels., NPF- Ethnographic Collection.

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