Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Ifugao Burial tradition

One of the most interesting and rich cultures in the Philippines is the one right in the Cordillera region which is way up North of Luzon. You can visit this link http://www.ann-d-explorer.com/p/ifugao.html for more Ifugao experiences.

The Burial tradition is very interesting. I am just not sure if it is the same with every place in the Cordilleras.
In Banaue, I got to visit Tam-An Village to learn more about this.

To get there, I had to pass by Banaue hotel and Youth Hostel which is not too far from the Poblacion or town. You can either walk or take a tricycle. You don't need a guide to get here. You can do it on your own.

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On the way, you may do several activities too.

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This is part of the hotel. It was cold so no one was swimming.



This is the view from the pool area. B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L.



We had to take 240 steps going down to the village.


A traditional house


This was our destination which is right after the steps. It's a souvenir shop.


She is the family member who showed me the bones of her great grandfather.


It was kinda creepy when she was opening it.


She explained the culture and how nowadays it is a bit difficult to follow the tradition especially when it comes to butchering certain number of pigs. This is for practical reason. 


I won't be able to tell much on the tradition as I may not be consistent with the real thing. 
It is better that you hear it from the locals.

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All bones are complete. They did a good job in maintaining it.

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You would know if it is a female or male based on how they wrap it. 
This is a male. 

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Then she puts it in a sac. The family does this for free. They don't ask for anything in return. Though they maintain a souvenir shop which most of the products are being carved and weaved by the family members. 




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2 comments:

it's a bit creepy though, i would have been creeped out - coming from someone who used to study bones way back in PT school haha, but the view is simply breathtaking, you included. You are a beautiful person :)

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Kittykat.....hahahaha I wasn't included on the word BEAUTIFUL. I just couldn't find a photo with just the view heheh but thank you. Always be well. You know I'm prayin' for you.

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