296th blog … land grabbing … kamkaman ng lupa …
ang ginto, sahing at kamanyang ng mga magong tagalog ng unang panahon …
isasama ko na ang tawas. ang insenso o saheng ginagamit ng mga unang tagalog na gamot sa kanilang rayuma kaya siguro isinama ito ng tatlong haring mago sa kanilang mga paglalayag …
kamanyang naman ang pampabango ng mga katutubong tagalog, at gintong sinasalok at hinihimay lamang ng mga taga-ilog sa kanilang mga bilao, na saganang-sagana sa mga ilog at batis ng pulo.
tinawag ang saheng na frankinsense sa malayong kanluran ng mundo, gold para sa ginto natin at myrrh naman para sa kamanyang.
Gold is also a standard gift to honor a king or deity in the ancient tagalog world: gold as a precious metal, frankincense as perfume or incense, and myrrh as anointing oil.
Myrrh is a resin or aromatic oleoresin (a natural blend of oil and resin) which can be extracted from various trees native to Africa, Arabia, India and of course, to the island of gold or luzon.
Myrrh resin is a natural gum and, like frankincense, could be burned as a type of incense.
In ancient times, myrrh was so valuable as to be as or even more precious than gold.
It was used also as perfume, and medicine. Most specifically, myrrh was commonly used in the process of embalming.
The bodies of the dead were bing buried with myrrh, that they may remain incorruptible. Myrrh has the property of drying up moisture, and preventing the generation of worms.
In fact, these same three items were apparently among the gifts, recorded in ancient inscriptions saying that kings will come and “bring gold and frankincense and praise of the supreme god” that led to the tradition of the three wise men.
The traditional gifts of the magi—gold, frankincense and myrrh—may have had symbolic as well as practical value.
Pero hindi isinama ng mga banyaga ang isa pang gamit ng mga taga-ilog – ang tawas.
Tawas is the tagalog term for alum, a chemically hydrated aluminum potassium sulfate that possesses a specific crystal shape.
Alum is a common english name, non-toxic, has somewhat a sweet acidic taste that dissolves easily in water and reacts with acid.
There are several types of tawas in the market like potassium alum, soda alum, ammonium alum and aluminum alum, but the more common is the potassium alum.
Tawas has industrial, cosmetic, culinary applications as well as some medicinal and health benefits.
And these were all abundant in luzon, our very own world that they explored and took advantage of.