BANGKAW (STABBING SPEARS)


Provenance: Cordillera There are different types of spears in the Cordillera depending on the more specific functions of such spears. A tubay or gayang is an ordinary spear with a pair of barb and a short small blade. This is regularly carried by men as a walking cane, as a weapon for defense, or a tool for hunting. The Sinalatgat has two or three pairs of barb that is intended for hunting. The spears used in fighting are called Bangkaw (Stabbing Spear) because these are used in close hand to hand combat where one can stab an enemy and easily retrieves his weapon. These spears represent the Bangkaw type of stabbing spears, a favorite weapon of warriors together with other weapons such as the Sinawit (head axe) and a bolo. Some village elders carry these for authority status.