Banlak n One of three original Ata siblings (two men and their sister) said to have ascended into heaven. According to legend, they gathered kout along the Kapalong river which were turned into white stones. (see Ibul, Boyboy), lived on, believed to have created people, did many miracles. [The Ata Manobo kout refers to a poisonous, starchy root something like cassava which must be soaked before cooking to make it edible.] see: Boybayan; gen: minuna.
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minuna n A forefather, especially beyond the near past; Ancestor. Si Apù Amasig, woy ka mgo apù ni Amasig, sikandan ka minuna su kandan ka nokohun-a no mgo otow kai to tanò. Grandfather Amasig and the grandfathers of Amasig, they are the ancestors because they are the ones who preceeded the people here on the earth. [Minuna may apply to people who lived in the recent past, but especially of those who lived in ancient times beyond the memories of those still living. Ka-ap-apu-an can refer to “forefathers” or “descendants” -- either past or future perhaps because apù is used of either the grandparent or grandchild.] spec: Boybayan; see: ka-ap-apu-an; spec: Banlak.