"They left an evidence to let us know they once existed but the complete details on why they have to do this is a thing only known to them."
The Cordilleras is so shrouded with fascinating events from the past that have made their way to survive and show up in our contemporary age. Time might bury the memories of the past but the early mountain inhabitants were just intelligently resilient, enough to allow the future generations to still learn about their ways in the past. It is a battle of the mortal and the immortal. To date, these artifacts have crossed the realm of immortality when it survived the infinite power of the timelessness of time.
Spotted! A jar in the grave
One intriguing discovery I encountered in #BONTOC
#BONTOCFAST FACTS: The capital town of Mountain Province, #Bontoc hosts majestic ancestral rice terraces, a prehistoric village, burial caves and the melting pot of culture in the province.
Photo: Palali Rice Terraces @ Alab Oriente, Bontoc is a mass grave with evidence of jar burial. In fact burial caves in the Cordilleras is not uncommon. However, burial caves with evidence of jar burial is unusual.
This burial rite, though a bit unusual in the Cordilleras has also been practiced by the ancient people in some parts of the Philippines like in Palawan (Manunggul Burial Jars).
Jar surrounded with pine coffins
It is mysterious why the early inhabitants have to bury the dead with earthenware. My guide told me that the dead person placed inside this jar must have been special.
Of course, I didn't want the opportunity to just pass by me. So I have to get up close with this special jar to see what's inside it. Whoaahh! Skeletons...
Jar with skeletons!
The person placed inside this jar is thought to be someone who is special, with special role in the society: could have been a leader, or a person with great influence. Well, everything is just a theory. No one can seem to puzzle this mystery accurately.
The ancient past will just give us a glimpse of what have happened during those times. But the rationale behind these events remain as a question. They left an evidence to let us know they once existed but the complete details on why they have to do this is a thing only known to them.
With the jar inside the Ganga burial cave (background)
The burial jar still in good shape
It was a great fulfillment for me to be able to discover, learn and understand the ways of the past. Doing this is completing the missing link in my life.
I have just learned and discovered a lot in this village and I believe I am still going to discover more. I left Ganga Caves fulfilled, contented and tired but another site is actually, still, waiting for me.
It is a stone house, no longer a cave, also located in the mountains of Alab Oriente. There are huge stones, impossible (or almost impossible) to carry in our time even if we use machinery, shaped like a pyramid standing on a steep, hidden portion of the mountain. Uh! I am so overloaded with mysterious things! There are even formations, made up of rocks piled over the other that is showing a message, and a BIG mystery, again... and again! /to be continued...
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