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Introduction / History
The Yogads occupy five towns of Isabela, namely Echague, Angadanan, Santiago and Jones. They are a part of the Christianized Kalingas in Western Isabela. Similar to other Christian groups in the lowlands, the Yogad civilization is slightly influenced by the Spaniards. But they hold strongly to their many primitive customs and beliefs.
Their build is of the Indonesian type. They vary from reddish brown to dark brown in complexion, with straight black hair and dark brown eyes. They live in houses made of wood like bamboo and roof thatched with leaves. The men wear shirt and trousers while the women wear chemise and skirts. The Yogads are music and dance lovers.
The principal product of the Yogads is tobacco, and corn is an important food. They depend on agriculture for their source of livelihood. They are also fond of hunting in the Sierra Madre Mountains. Like the other highlanders, the Yogads are good in basket work, which they sell in nearby markets to help them with their monetary needs.
The Yogads are one of the smallest minority groups in the Cordillera area. They usually have little influence on whatever political decisions the local and national governments are doing within their territories. Their villages are usually under the leadership of local native leaders who have access to higher local government.
What are Their Beliefs?
The Yogads are originally animists, but with an influence of Christianity. Their primitive ways have been affected by Christian (mostly Catholic) customs and practices.
* The Yogads have only a small Christian population. There is no report of a Christian ministry at present and any planted church among them. There is a need to start a pioneering Christian ministry among the Yogads. They need churches that will establish a true Christian faith in their communities.
* More information and more ethnographic studies about the Yogads are needed so Christians will be more aware of this people group.
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