Bagobo tribe files and blackens teeth for beauty

Bagobo tribe files and blackens teeth for beauty

- An image of a woman with pointed teeth is allegedly a photo of an aswang in Davao

- The Bagobo tribe files and blackens their teeth as a standard of beauty

- The Bagobo tribe practiced human sacrifices until 1990s

A black and white photo of a woman with pointed teeth went viral and some people commented that she is an aswang in Davao.

Bagobo tribe files and blackens teeth for beauty

Bagobo tribe is native of Davao region. (Photo by: Twitter)

Apparently, this is a photo of a woman from Bagobo tribe, which are natives of Davao. Members of the tribe blacken and file their teeth for the sake of beauty. This practice is done when they reached puberty. A stick of wood is placed in between the teeth and filed each tooth into pointed stumps. The process is quite painful. The tribe uses smoke or powder to blacken the tooth. The Bagobo tribe is also known for their beadwork that is used as an ornament.

Bagobo tribe files and blackens teeth for beauty

Bagobo tribe practices teeth filing (Photo by: Twitter)

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Wild tribe of Davao

The Bagobo tribe is tagged as the wild tribe of Davao that is probably anchored to their beliefs and tradition.

Before the Spaniards came, Davao was composed of small villages of the said tribe. When Europeans arrived, they forced tribes to convert into Catholics and made them give up their ancestral domains. However, the residents lower eastern and southern slopes of Mt. Apo remained untouched.

At the turn of the 20th century, human sacrifices were still conducted by the Bagobo Tribe.  The tribe reportedly offer a slave they have bought from the Moros or Christians.  After driving a spear through the body of the human sacrifice, the body was cut into cubes and distributed among the members of the tribe.

Bagobo tribe files and blackens teeth for beauty

Modern Bagobo tribe (Photo by: Twitter)

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The tribe also believed in different evil creatures and spirits such as:

Tolus ka balakat – A male spirit who loves the blood of human beings. The Bagobo tribe made offerings to this spirit every year.

Buso – Evil spirits who eat dead people and have some power to injure the living. A young Bagobo described his idea of a buso as follows:“He has a long body, long feet and neck, curly hair, and black face, flat nose, and one big red or yellow eye. He has big feet and fingers, but small arms, and his two big teeth are long and pointed. Like a dog he goes about eating anything, even dead persons.”

Tagamaling – A cannibalistic creature that is kind to humans one month but eats them on the next month.

Tigbanua – These beings are the most feared of the Buso since, not content with digging up corpses, they are forever trying to kill humans to eat.

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