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There are different views on the dominant character of the Aeta religion.
At that time, the islands of the Philippines may have been connected and may be the reason behind the Aetas wide population distribution. The attempts of the Spaniards to settle them in reservations all throughout Spanish rule failed.Asde is supposed to rid the body of dirty blood and protect it from different illnesses.To carry her baby, a breastfeeding native wears the uban, a piece of cloth slung from the shoulders.In Ilocano dialect, the word also means "goblin" or "forest spirit." An Aeta group may resent a name coined by non-Aeta groups or neighbors, especially when they consider the given names insulting.Because the majority of Filipinos look down on their dark color, some groups resent being called "Aeta." On the other hand, the term "baluga" is acceptable to some Aeta groups since it means "hybrid," akin to the positive connotation of "mestizo" for lowlanders.For example, the Mamanuas produce excellent winnowing baskets, rattan hammocks, and other household containers. Today most Aeta who have been in contact with lowlanders have adopted the T-shirts, pants and rubber sandals commonly used by the latter.
A traditional form of visual art is body scarification.
A number of them now wears casual and modern urban attires, although they still adorn their heads, however, with a multi-purpose container called Takupis made from the Kalagimay plant where they keep their lime from burnt seashells, nganga/betel nut and pepper leaves called ikmo or lukmoy.
To take the place of body ornaments, the natives scar/asde their bodies with designs bequeathed to them by their ancestors.
Their very existence has been threatened by problems brought about by other people and by nature.
Poverty-stricken lowlanders, seeking food, have encroached on forest lands, displacing the Aeta.
Though some Agtas now live in permanent settlements, there are still some in Camarines Norte who are semi-nomadic and who build temporary elevated shelters called Butukan. An area is believed to be ideal for building a butukan if six tagbac tubers planted there will grow or where decayed organic matter is present or where the desired spot for the Butukan can be reached by reflected light from a river.