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Pun'amhan | Ritual box

Ifugao , 19th century

Origin

Ifugao Province

Medium

Wood, stone, and bamboo

Collection

Ethnographic Materials

Description


The pun’amhan is a carved wooden box used by the Ifugao mumbaki or shaman in their rituals for bountiful rice production. The Ifugao have 12 sacrificial rituals or baki that mark their agrarian calendar, from the cleaning of the terraces before planting, to thanksgiving after harvest. Rituals usually include the sacrifice of a chicken and an interpretation of the quality of its bile to foresee the efficacy of the offering. The box’s contents are remains of ritual performances, including a muling or stone amulet for protection.

Acknowledgement

Ayala Museum Collection

Location

Museum Storage

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