Alab Petroglyphs: ancient carvings of Alab Oriente
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Mt. Data: home of the Alab Petroglyphs
It could be somehow tiring, yes, that's one of the consequences of this search but the award at the end of the trail outweighs the hardships we have to experience.
This huge rock formation is believed to contain the ancient fertility rites of the natives. Our guide said, the ancient natives carved lines and shapes on this stone interpreted now as organs for copulation. From here, there is a great question why carvings of sexual organs were placed. It is mind-boggling. It is mysterious.
A chunk of female sexual organ? Could you decipher?
Many v*ginas? I hope I captured the right group.
Aside from sexual organs, there are also markings believed to be bows and arrows etched on this stone. These bows and arrows have been related to a legend concerning the mass death of natives during those times.
Bows and arrows? Never mind.
This area has been declared in 1975 as a national cultural treasure and under the UNESCO World Heritage Site tentative list (for the petroglyphs and petroglaphs of the Philippines). Wow! National Cultural Treasure, that is. How about National Cultural Treasure Protection to that effect?
Right now, it is not clear, if there are efforts being done to preserve these treasures. Maybe it is just me, unaware of the agencies that protect it. Poor me, it is either I am ignorant or I just don't know. I would want to know, if ever, on how the protection is done. I would be glad if it is done in actual, because I hate written forms of declaration. The latter only declare protection, but usually, there is no action, a form of malnutrition in execution and legislation. How would the judiciary rule that eh?
With my brother stepping onto an ancient huge stone
Selfie with the Alab petroglyphs underneath my shoes
Unknown to them, there was a pregnant woman on the rice terraces below tilling the laddered rice fields. This woman has been hit by an arrow. Some people believe that this woman was a spirit, a paranormal entity.
The rice terraces below, veiled by these pine trees
Ganga Cave marker
Second human encounter in this exploration
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