The color of the Visayans as described by the Spaniards vary, it depends on who was writing it. Some say that the Boholanos were braver than any of the Visayans and much lighter in color, some said otherwise. But in general we get the point that the color is actually brown. Some are darker because of the exposure to sun.
The Visayans back then had tatoo all over their body and dental decorations. Like the lizards or the water monitor that we commonly call "Halo" they too have decorations on their skin. These tatoo tells the tale of ones accomplishments in battle, call it their medal back then.
The image below is a typical look of a Visayan, of which some may have seen in other sites as well.
The tatooing starts from the ankles and go up. This image is from the Boxer Codex.
It has been awhile since I last logged in here, we all have to work and I've been busy. Not so recently I bought a book from Ateneo called 'Barangay' by William Henry Scott, check out the page here http://www.ateneopress.org/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=112
I didn't really liked it at first because it was written and published from outside the Visayas. But as I have heard from feedbacks, they have as well have the same assumptions or presumptions and prejudice on the book, on the writer and the publisher. I thought that it would another crap. Since I have a few spare time this week I have decided to write something about the book.
Kini usa ka sugilanon nga gikan sa akong mga uyoan didto sa Southern Leyte. Atong itago ang ilang lugar nga Buscayan Canlusay. Usa kini ka hadlok-hadlok nga panghitabo. Layo pa man hinoon ang kalag-kalag, ang ako lang pud nga kini akong i-asoy sa atong mga higala diri; basi unya nga malimtan nasad nako.
Dili nako ma-asoy og unsa ka tinood kini pero matod pa nila tinood kini, unya naa pa gani kini sumpa mao nga di na jud mahinomdoman ang pangalan sa mga nahintungdan aning hitaboa. Di na pud nako mahinumduman og unsa nga tuig kini na pasa sa akoa, atong mabana-bana ani nahitabo ni atong mga tuig 1960-1945 o sa wa pa ang ika-duhang dakong gubat sa kalibotan, mga panahon na kini sa Amerikano.