In this book, Virgil also mentions how symbols/amulets, such as the lingling-o were used by hilots and healers. I look forward to getting this book to read more about that and the healing practices such as using ginger and salt to alleviate fever…
The book begins with an explanation of Apostol’s Filipino lineage and legacy as a healer. After a brief history of the Philippine archipelago, he describes the roots of traditional Filipino healing and spirituality, and discusses the Indian, Islamic, Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, and American influences that have impacted the Filipino culture. He presents a thorough description of Filipino shamanic and spiritual practices that have developed from the concept that everything in nature contains a spirit (animism) and that living in the presence of spirits demands certain protocols and rituals for interacting with them. The book’s final chapter thoughtfully explores the spiritual tools used in Filipino healing—talismans, amulets, stones, and other natural symbols of power.
About the Author
I am excited about getting this book, not only because I want to learn more about the hilot practices but also because I want to learn more about the lingling-o. My interest stems from the relationship of the fertility symbols, the dinumug and the lingling-o, to the symbol for BA. See Fertility Symbols, Feminine Principle and BA.