Culture being a mechanism for transmission of knowledge

a reflection

Communities rely strongly on culture as the binding ingredient, which ensures that communities stick together and institutes mechanisms that protect their identities. Communities that are untainted by western consumerism and influence normally ascribe the environment as part and parcel of both the collective and individual identities. As such specific practices that are focused to ensure protection of the environment evolved among these communities that are based on their communal values and beliefs.

These communities consider both the forests, mountains and bodies of water like rivers, lakes and sea as a living extension of the community as well as part of the inviolable sacred which is a divine trust (amanah) from the divine (Magbabayah/Allah).

The Lumad and Moro communities through the evolution of time, have created mechanisms based on their cultural orientations on how to protect and ensure the sustainable use of the environment. Both drinking from the spring of communal experiences and wisdom from their community shamans, pakils and gurus.

The community guardians and caretakers are also the community elders, who are repositories of the indigenous knowledge and skills that are transmitted from one generation to another, as such these community educators have multiple functions since their being communal repository of knowledge also allows them to guide the community in the proper use of the community resources through the practical application of the “Ilmu” (knowledge ) that they possess and pass on to the next generation.

As such there is a strong need not only to ensure that these living books of knowledge be able to transmit the knowledge to another generation but also document their knowledge so as to ensure that such learning and knowledge will be enriched and enhanced by later generations.

With that a question arises. do we have the mechanism to record and document them?

yusuf morales


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