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The ‘greatest’ deity of the Tinguian, a people living in the mountainous interior of Luzon, the northernmost island of the Philippines. A thunder god, Kadaklan lives in the sky with his faithful dog Kimat, the lightning, who will bite a house, a tree, or a field whenever the divine master desires that a special ceremony be performed. The origin of Kadaklan is obscure —one suggestion would pinpoint the Spaniards—and he is held in less regard than the tribal ancestors. Funerals are the major events in Tinguian ritual, the prime concern being the safe arrival of the deceased in maglawa, the underworld.

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