The Concept of Time: Talks with a Dumagat Woman in Quezon Province and Badjao Women in Leyte

A young Dumagat mother with her children at a beach in Gen. Nakar, Quezon Province as her tribe gathered to celebrate an annual festival.

The weather did not permit us to go to a sacred cave where the ritual was supposed to be performed. So instead they set up a camp along the beach where they also cooked food and pitched tents to rest. I noticed this young mother carrying a baby while other small children, about 4 more, clinging to her dress. I asked to take their photograph. I asked how young she is and the ages of her children. She said she does not know or when exactly her baby and the rest of her children were born.

The concept of time seems to be very abstract to her. And I realised this when I went to Leyte and encountered the Badjaos. They also seem to have no concept of time beyond the present.