Figure (Kinabbigat)

Inventory Number: SA 37052
In some villages in the heart of Ifugao, the wealthy class who performed the imbayah rituals to ensure the welfare of the village kept this figure in their homes. The figure is used to support the roof as well as the attic balog / pfalog of the residential building. Kinabbigat may have been derived from kabbigat, a god and the source of rice or the rice donor in central Ifugao. Wooden figures similar to these are also placed on the vertical sides of the house. Text: Prof. Dr. Leah E. Abayao, Cordillera Studies Center, UP Baguio, The Philippines.

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