Philippines: baybayin

potetjp potetjp at
Sat Nov 20 14:30:30 UTC 1999

The Musee de l'Homme, 17 place du Trocadero, 75016 PARIS, has bamboo pieces
with Tagalog inscriptions in the  baybayin syllabary. These are not
antiques, but "fakes" made for an exhibition held in Paris before WWII.
Harold Conklin has translated them and shown that this diatribe against
Americans does not follow the rules of genuine babayin texts. The sole
interest of these documents is the return to a syllabary abandoned two
centuries earlier to express complaints against the American colonial power.
Conversely, the museum has a genuine Mangyan piece.
Jean-Paul G. POTET. B. P. 46. 92114 CLICHY CEDEX. FRANCE.

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