Kalaripayattu, which is considered the oldest known form of martial arts. Kalaripayattu masters devote their lives to studying the secrets of the human body. The knowledge is used for healing discomfort or injuries, as well as killing an opponent with a single strike.
Amazons of the Huk Rebellion: Gender, Sex, and Revolution in the Philippines
Labeled “Amazons” by the national press, women played a central role in the Huk rebellion, one of the most significant peasant-based revolutions in modern Philippine history. As spies, organizers, nurses, couriers, soldiers, and even military commanders, women worked closely with men to resist first Japanese occupation and later, after WWII, tochallenge the new Philippine republic. But in the midst of the uncertainty and violence of rebellion, these women also pursued personal lives, falling in love, becoming pregnant, and raising families, often with their male comrades-in-arms.
Drawing on interviews with over one hundred veterans of the movement, Vina A. Lanzona explores the Huk rebellion from the intimate and collective experiences of its female participants, demonstrating how their presence, and the complex questions of gender, family, and sexuality they provoked, ultimately shaped the nature of the revolutionary struggle.
Vina A. Lanzona is associate professor of history at the University of Hawai’i–Manoa.