In Kalinga we went to the funeral of a tuberculosis patient in a village near Buscalan. For three days the body stays at home because they feel that, in their culture, the person is still alive, and thus the villagers or other neighboring villages have the opportunity to say their last words to the deceased. Some visitors come to the village after killing an animal to give as a gift to the family. The burial is a party, drinking gin and the women prepare food, and it’s rude not to try a bite. After the funeral, as Christians who are buried, the body is put in the hole that the villagers have dug using a wooden paddle.
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