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:: Ibanag Riddles


 

Ibanag Riddles

A "palavvun" (riddle) is any misleading, mystifying or puzzling question to be solved or guessed, either as a mere game or a more serious challenge. For Ibanags, it is both a folk amusement or a mental excursion. It is aimed at relaxation, entertainment and at pacifying anger and feuds.

Nu magitubang atannang, nu manaddak, alinno.
(When it sits, it is tall, when it stands it is small.)

The answer is a dog. A dog is a symbol of loyalty. Kick a dog, it runs away. Then it comes wagging its tail to its master again.

The riddle itself means leadership. When a leader stands to campaign, he appears small, lowly, humble, a willing servant of the people. When elected and sits in his position, he begins to be tall. Tall in visions, hopes, aspirations for his people. Tall in whatever good things he does for the people.

Some "palavvuns:"

Sinni pano y tadday mga babay
Kanan na baggi na a maguroray - Kandela

(Who can be the lovely lady
That eats her own body - Candle)

Adalam nu mapangarianan
babbaw nu malannapan - Poso

(Deep when decreased
Shallow when increased - Well)

Pira y levu na
Vulauan y unag na - Illuk

(What is golden that is surrounded with silver? - Egg)

Ngisi nu matolay
Nafuraw nu matay - Bavi

(Black when alive
White when dead - Pig)

Egga lubid ku nga balabbaddi
Nga maggafu ta langi - Uran

(I have a tiny silver string
Which come from heaven - Rain)

Ari nga kuman nu ari mu tottokan - Aggavu
(What is it you hit before it eats? - Chisel)

Tumut-tulu
Auat-tu ulu - Allu

Egga yo payung ni Sta. Maria
Nga ari lang-ngana mabasa - Don na Atang

Ari nga cuman
Nu ariam mu palucan - Aggavu

Egga yo bolsa ni Judas
Nga napannu tap perlas - Papaya

Talebram mu, pangapam mu - Paguippi

Egga tadde señora
Lirum gamma y dianna
Mabasa la nga mabasa - Zila

Olu y assumbreru
Anni ta assin-nunna - Caddo

Sitan ngamin y levuna
Cabatuan y pattangan na - Nangca

Arala nu marianan
Abibbaw nu mamungan - Vuvun

Mas appadu y attole na
Nu patayam mu yaya - Kandela

Nu messiggu e mattotoyang
Nu caballarany maguimmang - Sapatu

Egga tadday nga pinaratu
Nga maganna ta ulu na
Ari malluan y ana na
Nu ari labbi mari y appin na - Afutu

Ari tolay, ari ayam ngem maguiming
A pammu y ana na, ikappe mu y yena - Mangi

Nu pagorayam mu, matolay
Nu iddukammu, matay - Kakaddokan

Ginatak ku natay
Netabbo ku nga matolay - Sarguelas

Nu lubbe y nawak
Makkaratu y tabbi na - Afefec

Egga ulu na
Awan tu vu na
Egga san na
Awan tu futak na - Tuka

Ari tolay, ari nga ayam
Awan tu pilig na ngem
Mappalaju yaya - Ahi

Nallutu na
Na tutung y uton na - Babengka

Kinattak ku
Nappattu - Danum

Maguitubang ngana y ana
Makkoreke pagalaman y yena - Kalabasa


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