SHIVA NEN SHOGEN

“Shogen” 

A long time ago there died in Pangasinan a hunter who was returned up the Agno River and today remains buried in a cave at the boundary of Kabayan and Buguias. 

At his deathbed, Shogen instructed his kin to return him upstream of the Agno River to a cave in which he lived for a year while on one of his hunting trips to the area. 

Make me a coffin of the ulao tree and carry me upstream to where three waters meet where you are to look up and see the cave I called home for a year, he said. Bring along with you provisions for a week but be in no fear of hunger for you have only to shout my name and game will come to you, he added, when my coffin becomes absolutely heavy, you shall have arrived at the place where you are to leave me, he admonished. 

As shogen’s kin carried his body through the Agno, they met no hardship as the coffin, with the body in it, was light as cotton. Whenever they made a wrong turn, the coffin would become very heavy and they only had to redirect their steps, when they got hungry, they would shout the name of Shogen and wild game would appear which they would then catch and cook. Arriving at a point where three waters met, true to the instructions of Shogen, the coffin became unusually heavy so that the party could not move the same. Looking up, they saw the cave Shogen mentioned and there buried the returning hunter. 

Taking advantage of the ease with which they caught wild game, the party spent three whole days feasting at the burial site until no wild game would respond to their shouting of Shogen’s name. Realizing their predicament, they started back down the Agno where after three more days they almost died of starvation in as much as there were no settlements along the waterway at that time. 

It would be much later that the people of Kabayan would realize that Shogen had left his descendants in the place when at the burial of a rich man, speaking through a living person, inay-aba, the dead man would reveal his being the son of Shogen. As a measure of his wealth, it is said that Shogen’s son and his family slept on chicken feather mattresses. 

Identified as the burial site at Lutac is the meeting place of waters of the Agno, Ba-ay and Nabelicong streams. 

Remembered as twin original settlements of Kabayan are Imbose and Amlimay. To both are traced almost all, if not all, Ibaloy families both in the kulos ni shanum and the iruntog. 

Several stories recount how Imbose is peopled and settled. Some of the stories find direct linkage with genealogical trees of barrios Gusaran-Pacso-Dutab and Kabajan while others remain unattached, remembered ever so fondly by Kabayan folk as part of their common ancestry.