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Wedding Dance

By: Amador Daguio


• "The Wedding Dance" by Amador Daguio is a short story
about a husband and wife, Awiyao and Lumnay, who had
been married for seven years. In spite of being in love with
his wife, Awiyao feels the need to marry again in order to
have a son. At his second marriage celebration, Awiyao goes
to check on Lumnay, knowing she is upset. Awiyao thought
the answer to Lumnay's sorrow would be to have her join
the other women during the wedding dance. Lumnay was in
fact at his wedding, but left. She could not stand the idea of
her husband marrying another woman because she could
not give him children.

Wedding Dance

Wedding Dance Story Background • Awiyao and Lumnay most likely to belong to the Igorot people who inhabit the mountain areas of Luzon. . The Philippine islands were settled by various migrants from Southeast Asia for centuries. These peoples built up a number of different cultures and clan-based social structures on the many islands of the archipelago. the largest island in the Philippines.

spreading Christianity and the Spanish language. Spain colonized the islands. . the islands were occupied by the Japanese until gaining their independence in 1945. the Philippines became a territory of the United States. Following Spain’s loss in the Spanish American war of 1898. During World War II.• In the 1500s.

View the videos below to get a sense of the gangsa sound and the Kalinga wedding dance featured in “The Wedding Dance” by Amador Daguio. .• The Igorot people maintained many of their traditional cultural practices through the late 19th century. dance and gangsa music form an important part of their celebrations. Even today.

editor.About the Author • Amador Daguio was born in the Ilocos province of the Philippines in 1912. reporter. and public relations officer for the Filipino government. He began writing poetry in high school and published his first poem before he graduated. he taught at a number of schools in the Philippines and also worked as a lawyer. Throughout his career. .

Daguio’s writing is Filipino in essence. In “The Wedding Dance”. Even in English. Daguio seeks to establish a pure Filipino voice. suffering.• In his writing. . and societal expectations. distinct from its colonizers. he draws upon the culture of his ancestors to explore Filipino traditions along with the universal themes of love.

Wedding Dance Setting .

• Mountain somewhere in Philippines • House of Lumnay's and her Ex husband Awiyao .

Mood or Atmosphere .

there is regret and intense .• Sad.

Point of View .

. We can only see or feel the thoughts and feelings of the characters if he allows it to reveal on us. he. We only know what the character knows and what the author allow us to know.• The Point of View used in this short story is the Omniscient Limited . she. it.The author used the third person (he is using pronouns such as they. etc) to tell us the story.

Wedding Dance Plot .

. where Awiyao has just been remarried.EXPOSITION • The setting is a mountain village in the Philippines.

He has now married Madulimay in hopes to have a son and Lumnay is upset because she loves Awiyao and doesn’t want this separation. ​ .CONFLICT • Awiyao has left his wife Lumnay because she couldn’t give him a child.

. He offers her many items of the life that they built together.RISING ACTION • Outside. the villagers are dancing in celebration of the wedding. Lumnay refuses them and repeatedly attempts to sway A​ wiyao to stay. Awiyao leaves to try and comfort Lumnay.

CLIMAX • Awiyao finally leaves to re-join the wedding and Lumnay runs into the hills. ​ .

and worthlessness.FALLING ACTION • Lumnay sits on the side of the mountain overlooking the blazing fire and dancing women. thinking about how her life has changed. She has a sense of desperation. isolation. .

RESOLUTION • The reader is left not knowing what will become of Lumnay. .

Wedding Dance Characters .

Awiyao The lead male in the story who loves Lumnay. . but left her because she didn’t produce children for him.

despite the fact he married another.Lumnay Awiyao’s former wife who is still in love with him. .

with whom he hopes to have children.Madulimay Awiyao’s new. younger wife. .

Wedding Dance Symbolism .

THE GANGSAS • The gangsas are culturally important. . Like the gangsas. they are strong and provide a beat to the dance. The sound of the gangsas represents the man in the wedding ceremony. or a "beat to life".

The fact that Awiyao gives them to Lumnay shows that he cherishes her. They are also very precious and are worth 20 fields.THE BEADS • The beads in the story symbolize the promise that Awiyao made to Lumnay. and that he still believes she has worth. .

This is symbolic of their marriage unweaving.THE FLOOR • A number of times the narrator draws the reader’s attention to the rattan floor as Lumnay pulls it apart. .

THE NIGHT • The nighttime setting symbolically adds to the darkness and isolation that Lumnay feels as she runs away from the village. .

the dancing is a celebration of happiness.DANCING • Culturally. Because Lumnay has not produced a child. she feels ashamed to dance and show herself to the other men. as she believes no one will look at her. It is also a show of sexuality by the women. .

.THE FIRE • The fire or flames signify the burning intensity of both love and hate that Lumnay feels in the situation.

” .THE WALL • The house’s walls symbolize the former couple’s “imprisonment.

Theme .

you must let them be happy • Have you ever heard the saying “if you love someone. let them go”? The story of Lumnay and Awiyao wrestles with this difficult issue. .Letting Go • If you truly love a person. not only because of their culture. she must let Awiyao go. Despite how upsetting it is to Lumnay. but also because it is clear that he will not be happy without a child.

Essential Questions for "The Wedding Dance" .

Essential Questions • What are the expectations for men in Awiyao’s culture? What about for women? • How does your culture influence your decisions? Does it affect your plans for your future? • Is it true that love conquers all? When might this be untrue? • How important is having children to you? How important is it in your family? What about in your culture? • What is your legacy? .

Conflict .

And if Awiyao's second marriage will not work he will come back to Lumnay's arms again. and it is resolved when they had a heart-to heart talk that they should separate and continue with their separate lives. They should follow their tribe's custom and on the part of Awiyao he shows that he really wanted to have a child to follow his name but there is a bit hesitance on Lumnay's part.The lead characters have to follow their tribe’s custom. Society . .• The conflict is Man vs.

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