Kabayan Mummy Burial Caves
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The fire mummies of the Philippines also known as the The Kabayan Mummies,Benguet Mummies,or Ibaloi Mummies are group of mummies found along the mountain slopes of Kabayan in Benguet. This tourist attraction in Kabayan is listed as National Cultural Treasures by the National Museum of The Philippines.It is also under consideration as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
We went here after our Benguet 7 Peaks Climbed. Study said that the Ibaloi of Benguet was the only ethnolinguistic group in the country who practiced mummification during the ancient times. Although the Bontocs of the Mountain Province shared the same practices, these are believed to be only extension from Kabayan, Benguet.
Mummification was a traditional practice among the Ibaloi until the Spaniards entered the scene. When Christianity took over the whole mountain regions in Benguet, practices of both mummification and cave burial were abandoned by the indigenous group. To see this in actual is like a dream come true for me. I know that there's plenty of mummy caves here..some are just waiting to be discovered.I'll definitely comeback for more You should include this on your bucket list when visiting Benguet.
On the Photo: A couple hugging each other...So sweet!!! On the left side were their kids. They're one big happy Family it means, #MAYFOREVER.???
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