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Merry-Go-Round Marinduque's Moryons

Friday, April 6, 2012

Merry-Go-Round

Marinduque's Moryons

By FLORO M. MERCENE
April 5, 2012, 3:55pm
 
MANILA, Philippines — In 1960, when the Marinduque Moryon Festival was one-and-a-half century old, this Lenten practice underwent a transformation. From a highly individualistic, personal pursuit, it became part of a team effort, an attempt by municipal and tourism authorities to regulate and put a semblance of order in an otherwise, disparate, dispersed, unfettered display of cultural and religious observance.

Part of the reason is to cater to tourists. The other is an honest-to-goodness desire by scholars and educators to revive an otherwise dying, highly localized ethnic tradition. The old moryon practices, seen by native residents as spontaneous, unrehearsed Lenten jollity, have turned into a ritualized display of religious fervor.

History will judge whether the transformation was a positive spin that allows us to enjoy this unique Lenten tradition, or we have simply lost and will never regain the old comical, amusing, unrehearsed way Marinduqueños view their Lenten rites..... MORE

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URL: http://www.mb.com.ph/articles/356368/marinduques-moryons

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