Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In the Philippine Islands, a dagger with a rather broad blade.
“When the unfortunate hog which is to serve as a sacrifice is placed above the said altar, the chief _bailana_ approaches with _balarao_ or dagger in hand which she brandishes and drives into the poor animal, which will surely be grunting in spite of the gods and the religious solemnity, as it is fearful of what is going to happen to it; and leaves the victim weltering in its blood.”
“The _baylanas_ sacrifice the victim by thrusting into the heart or throat of the animal a _balarao_ or dagger, and suck the blood issuing from the wound.”
The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898 — Volume 12 of 55 1601-1604 Explorations by Early Navigators, Descriptions of the Islands and Their Peoples, Their History and Records of the Catholic Missions, as Related in Contemporaneous Books and Manuscripts, Showing the Political, Economic, Commercial and Religious Conditions of Those Islands from Their Earliest Relations with European Nations to the Close of the Nineteenth Century
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