Sunday, May 30, 2010

(Benguet) Bendian is performed for many reasons. Some of which are to heal a prolong illness, relieve natural calamities such as famine and drought, and to celebrate a bountiful harvest. However, the biggest Bendian is to celebrate a victory in war and a successful headhunt. The arrival of succesful head takers, called "ulul" is met with great festivities by the entire village. The Bendian festival celebrated by the Benguet, Ibaloy, and Kankanay is always big and extraordinary. It involves the village circling and dancing around the ulul leader while executing various arm movements. Lasting until the wee hours of the night, the bedian ritual ends on the sound of the loudest oway or war cry. This version of Bendian centers around the maiden's part of the circle.


FairyQueen March 12, 2012 at 6:50 AM  
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FairyQueen March 12, 2012 at 6:52 AM  

inaccurate example video... that is no bendian. The costumes are not Ibaloi nor Kankanaey at all. The dance movements are wrongly done. Bendian is danced in circles, not in zig zags/lines. Bendian isn't a simple entertainment dance for has a total of 7 primary dance movements all having equivalent symbolic meanings. Who ever choreographed the dance in the video lacked research... the way they danced it was awful; it really is offensive. Ang bendian ay isang sayaw na hindi mo pwedeng basta basta nalang lapatan ng artistic interpretation because it's a ritual dance.

jhoey ml July 6, 2012 at 8:14 PM  

this is really offensive.... this is NOT A BENDIAN DANCE... wwwwwwwwwwoooooooooooooooooooooorrrrrrrrrrrrrrssssssssssssshhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh....
if u want to learn real bendian approach a real i benguet-a person who loves d culture of benguet...

lee Requino November 8, 2012 at 8:33 PM  

talagang masakit isipin na tayung mga pilipino ay bulag sa sarili nating kultura...sana p ayusin nyo ang pagsasayaw nyo ...tsaka wag subrahan ang coreography dahil nawawala ang meaning at originality ng sayaw.i am a cultural performer kaya alam k ang tamang sayaw.

Unknown March 2, 2018 at 11:53 AM  

I agree with some of the comments. That video is not an accurate representation of the Benguet Bendian. To me it looks like a highly over done modernized version of the Bendian. Here's a link to the moves and explanations :)

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