Figure (Bul-ul)

Inventory number SA 34153
Male bul-ul figure made of wood. The Bul-ul are also known as rice guards or rice gods, because they once ensured a good harvest, protected the rice granaries from pests and protected the rice stocks from being destroyed by all kinds of calamities. It was carved in such a way that a round hairstyle can be seen and the ears have round holes on which the ritual priest (Mumbaki) sometimes placed ears of rice during the harvest rituals. Possible traces of a blood patina. During the performance of rice rituals, the mumbaki priest sometimes touches the bul-ul figure with his hands, which he previously dipped in the blood of a sacrificed pig. Text: Prof. Dr. Leah E. Abayao, Cordillera Studies Center, UP Baguio.

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