aliwan 2009 Lemba Float (24/25)

LEMBA FLOAT ( Cotabato)
Cotabato, which derives its name from two words meaning stone fortress, has prepared a colorful flotilla display of traditional heirlooms of the sultanate, which is held on special occasions or even healing rituals called Ipat.  Affluent families with sufficient royal lineage are on board to symbolize the richness of Maguindanaoan heritage.  Traditional decor such as flags, rice grain, and a miniature spirit house decorate the float.  In pre-Islamic practice, the Lemba was important when conducting special offerings to pagan gods for abundance, peace, power, and progress.

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