Do You Know This Cebuano Expression? Puyra Gaba

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  Hi guys.  Do you know that Visayans actually have a terminology for the Buddhist term ' karma .'  However, unlike karma  which cou...

 


Hi guys.  Do you know that Visayans actually have a terminology for the Buddhist term 'karma.'  However, unlike karma which could either be good karma or bad karma, the Visayan term for karma is just negative.  The Visayan term for karma is 'gaba.'  

Gaba is divine retribution for any wrongdoing that one has done.  And Puyra is equivalent to be gone, leave, keep away. So Puyra Gaba means, 'karma be gone.' or 'May God/the heavens not punish you/me.'

If you look at the picture, you can see that someone is throwing away some food.  To the Filipinos, throwing food is just very disrespectful and ingratitude and for doing that, you will earn the ire of God and will suffer from 'gaba.'  

So when do you usually use or hear this expression?  Here are some examples:

1. When someone has disrespected/disobeyed one's parents and other older folks, that person should say 'puyra gaba.'

2. When someone has done an unjust action towards another person, that someone can say 'puyra gaba.'

3.  When someone desecrates a sacred object and place, someone or that particular person should says 'puyra gaba.' 

4. When someone disrespects a person working for God like a priest, monk, nun, etc, people say 'puyra gaba.'

If you think that you will earn the ire of the heavens in what you are going to do, or have done, then you should say, 'puyra gaba.' to keep away bad karma...

I hope you learned not only about the Visayan/Cebuano language, but also about the local culture.  

Hangtod sunod, mga kahigalaan.  (till next time, friends)       

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