SEMINAR: Asian Studies Seminar
|Asian Studies Seminar : Status and social conflict in the Philippines at the turn of the sixteenth century
The social structure of the Philippines at the turn of the sixteenth century comprised three distinct groups. These were the rulers and their families who
obtained their position through skill or force, and held it by dint of power and wealth; the slaves who came about their status after defaults on loans, abduction in
wars or by inheritance, being the children of existing slaves; and the freemen who formed the intermediate class and were neither rulers nor slaves. Aspects of this
class system form the first part of this presentation.
The second part examines various ways in which conflict developed in the society, where divergent opinions led to arguments and debates, provocations led to
challenges and threats, and differences in status and trust led to reprimands and blame. These periods of anger, annoyance or offence often came to a satisfactory
end with reconciliation reached between the aggrieved parties themselves, or with third party assistance.
The primary focus of this presentation is on the Bikol region which occupies the southern part of Luzon. Included as well are references to the other major central
Philippine languages (Kapampangan, Tagalog, Hiligaynon, Cebuano and Waray) as well as Malay.
Dr Malcolm Mintz
Seminar room G.25, Social Sciences North
Fri, 13 Apr 2018 11:00
Fri, 13 Apr 2018 12:00
Karen Eichorn <email@example.com>
Mon, 09 Apr 2018 09:18
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