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Old 2nd August 2019, 09:51 AM   #1
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Default Modern made Moro Blades (Mindanao, Zamboanga)

I went to the Zamboanga Peninsula Expo held in Manila and spoke to a dealer of Moro blades, asked her what the names of the blades were and what tribes they came from.

this might help in identifying other stuff you may find out there. these are what are being made now in their places of origin, as passed on thru tradition, and not copied from internet pictures.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hzKezbijhDE&t

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Old 2nd August 2019, 01:59 PM   #2
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It was nice to hear the names of the blades by native speakers. When you only read them, it is hard to know correct pronunciation. Thank you.

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Old 3rd August 2019, 02:19 AM   #3
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Hi PBH,

Thanks for posting this link. It's good to hear what these items are being called currently, even though some of them (e.g., Yakan pira) are quite different in style from the traditional Moro weapons. It is also good to see some of the less common items being produced currently (e.g., janap, laring laring).

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Thank you for watching. the designs of blades definitely evolve through time. looking close at the blades and comparing them with the antiques, makes you wanna say "they sure don't make them like they used to."

maybe because in the old time, blades were more prized posessions, and their lives depended on it, it was a status symbol as well.

now, if they are not made as agricultural tools, they are made and sold to be given as gifts or tokens or souvenirs.

or that's what i understand.
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