Spotted! A jar in the grave
#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
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
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