Headhunters' Encounter With God

An Ifugao Adventure

by Len Newell



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 3/29/2007

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Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 180
ISBN : 9780595406913
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 180
ISBN : 9780595850556

About the Book

Nestled in the mountainous hinterlands of the Philippine Cordillera, the Ifugao people of Batad have lived for centuries, eking out a living in upland sweet potato fields and in the extensive rice terraces they carved out of the mountains.

For many years, the Ifugao people led a complex and ritualistic life, appeasing hundreds of deities. Every aspect of their lives was controlled through sacrifice and communication with the spirit world. To prevent violent death, the heads of their enemies were taken through warfare and ambush along trails. The practice of head-hunting was central to their worship and, although the American and Philippine governments essentially put an end to the practice, the ritual lived on.

Beautiful on the Mountains: The Ifugao Adventure is Newell's story of the trials, failures, joys, and successes of a completely non-Christian tribal group as they embrace the Christian faith and the compelling message of God.

About the Author

Canadian Len Newell began his linguistic and anthropological studies of the Ifugao language and people in 1954, producing a writing system for the Batad Ifugao language and translating the New Testament Scriptures. Newell lives with his wife and daughter in Chilliwack, British Columbia.