Which CHamoru Figure Are You Most Like?
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Which CHamoru Figure Are You Most Like? Chief Matå’pang of Tomhom (Tumon)
While matå’pang in the CHamoru language has been used to describe someone who is careless or silly, it was originally the name of Chief Matå’pang from the village of Tomhom, now known as Tumon. He is mostly known for killing Spanish priest Father Diego Luís de San Vitores and his Filipino missionary Pedro Calungsod after the two had trespassed into is home and baptized his daughter without consent. After seeing how dramatically Christianity was changing CHamoru society, he rejected the growing religion and sought to prevent the degradation of the island’s culture during the Spanish colonial rule. He stood firm in his beliefs and sought to keep the culture of Guåhan alive. Because of this, Chief Matå’pang has become a symbol of resistance for many CHamoru activists and will forever be a prominent figure in ancient CHamoru history.
Like Maga’låhi Matå’pang, you are not one to be silenced. You hold firm in your beliefs and traditions and are ready to take action when those you love are threatened. When you set your mind to something, no one can stop you. While you may be headstrong, be careful that you do not allow your anger to cause you to do anything too rash.
Which CHamoru Figure Are You Most Like? Chief Kepuha of Hagåtña
Chief Kepuha, the chief of Hagåtña, played a large role in welcoming the Catholic priests and missionaries to the island, providing a path for the religion to dramatically alter the ways of life of the CHamoru people. He was the first baptized CHamoru and was the first to give the Spaniards permission to evangelize the area. He openly supported the Spaniards mission to convert the people of Guåhan and had given land to build the first Catholic church–– The Dulce Nombre de Maria Cathedral-Basilica. Some have suspected that he supported the Spaniards in order to solidify the importance of Hagåtña to the island while others may think he did it to elevate his social status. Despite his controversial role in ancient CHamoru history, no one can deny Chief Kepuha remains a prominent figure in CHamoru history.
Like Chief Kepuha, you’re not one to shy away from change. In fact, you welcome new things and new people with open arms, displaying the hospitality Guåhan is often characterized for. While you are unafraid to be a bridge between the old and the new, take care not to lose yourself along the way.
Which CHamoru Figure Are You Most Like? Maga’håga
In ancient Guåhan, Maga’hågas were the highest-ranking daughters and the leaders of society. They are the women who are in charge and have the final say in important matters dealing with their clan and their lands. They would decide who would marry who, what new buildings would be erected where, and where members of their clan would live–– among many other tasks. Revered and respected for their power and wisdom, they kept the matrilineal traditions of Guåhan alive and are testaments to the strength of women.
Like a maga’håga, you are a natural born leader. You have a strong tie to your culture and your generational values and seek to do what is best for those around you, often thinking of others before yourself. Those around you look you up to and people go to you first to seek out advice or guidance. But never forget that with big power comes big responsibility.
Which CHamoru Figure Are You Most Like? Suruhåna
Suruhånu and Suruhånas are healers who use the earth their strong connection to the land and its people to help those around them. Using all parts of a plant, from its roots to its leaves and buds, Suruhånas create remedies for all kinds of ailments including fevers, rashes, and sprains. Many seek them out for illnesses of the supernatural kind. If a person incurs an unexplainable sickness from a taotaomo’na (the spirits of our ancient CHamoru ancestors) they can often only be cured by Suruhånas. Because of their ties to the land and their people, Suruhånas remain a necessary part of CHamoru culture and identity.
Like a Suruhåna, you are empathetic, able to see past what your eyes may allow. You have a deep connection to the world around you and your selflessness and ability to see outside yourself drives your respect for the earth and its creations. You are a natural born healer.
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