DIWANG BALAAN/BANAL: A Decolonial Discourse on Pinoy Spirituality
Karl M. Gaspar, CSsR
Institute of Spirituality in Asia, 2022
MANILA (MindaNews / 08 January) — Greater than ever, this ebook is related to up to date occasions, the place environmental considerations are confronted by each the International North and South, and indigenous data and spirituality are invaluable to us all if we need to survive and maintain our houses. The ebook additionally highlights the significance of indigenous peoples in defending the setting, however they’re those who face violence. Bro. Karl was vocal concerning the injustices perpetrated in opposition to Indigenous Peoples, by way of Christianity however masked in colonialism.
The ebook shines a lightweight on indigenous spirituality. Bro. Karl Gasper’s eloquent and strategic overview of contexts by way of narration permits his readers to reconnect with their roots.
Readers can sense Bro. Karl is deeply invested in bringing the voice of Indigenous Peoples and their spirituality to the Christian religion.
Bro. Karl has seamlessly weaved the hermeneutic technique of “see-judge-act.” The ebook begins with navigating readers into the remembrance of – to “see” the occasions involving indigenous individuals regionally and people from different elements of the globe to current the collective reminiscence of this sector that’s usually an afterthought and deserted. Bro. Karl’s account of his commitments, exchanges, and experiences with Indigenous Peoples reminds us that we’re all interconnected.
This ebook underscores relationality (the significance of group reciprocity), which was suppressed and silenced by colonialism. Likewise, on this ebook, Bro. Karl rightly emphasised that all of us come from the identical roots and carry the blood of Indigenous Peoples, a fact many overlook. Therefore, it was apt that the Bro. Karl wrote a bit about “reminiscence” on this ebook.
Reminiscence is highly effective as a result of it brings the previous alive and might push us to take a place. Positioned within the midpart of the ebook, the consequences of colonialism – “choose” to our tradition, financial and political construction in addition to the way it managed to alienate us from the indigenous perception techniques have been daring. This ebook has emboldened me (I suppose even its readers) to re-trace our indigenous roots. If one of many goals of Bro. Karl was to reinvigorate readers to see the importance of decolonial discourse to reframe our Christian religion by privileging indigenous spirituality (together with data, and practices) that can steer newfound curiosity in Filipino
spirituality, then I might say that this has been achieved on this ebook.
The center a part of the ebook prepares its readers for a dedication – an “act” (discovered within the latter half) that goals at solidarity, a harmonious dialogue the place the Church and Christian trustworthy are invited to be enriched by Filipino indigenous data, practices, and spirituality, right this moment and for the long run.
Moreover, it invitations establishments (significantly congregations concerned in missionary endeavors) to re-evaluate and revisit (and revise, maybe) and re-frame their pastoral-missiological approaches and responses, that may be cloaked with coloniality and Eurocentric orientation.
Having mentioned this, this ebook ought to be beneficial as ancillary studying for programs on pastoral theology, spirituality, Catholic social rules, philosophy, and missiology. The ebook guides us to a future the place indigenous individuals are not an afterthought-abandoned sector and indigenous data, practices, and spirituality are really valued by Filipinos.
To counterpoint our Christian religion it issues that we pay attention, afford the privilege, and be taught from indigenous knowledge/spirituality, this time round.
(Kristine C. Meneses, PhD, is Affiliate Professor of the Institute of Faith in Manila)