Saturday, January 22, 2011

Hands [Photo Hunt]

@ mirandablue
A Cordillerano wood carver demonstrating his skill through his hands.  Indigenous wood carvers from the Cordillera region are famous for their creations---from key chains to life-size statues, furniture and home decor.  Traditional motifs of the carvings are closely associated to their culture, such as bul'ul, indigenous people and animals.  Bul'ul  or anito figures are representations of an Ifugao God that guards the spirits of rice granaries and forests.  Ifugaos also believe that the spirit of their ancestors reside in the Bul'ul sculpture.  More about bul'ul here.  

Even in a region rich in cultural heritage as the Cordillera, there are fears that traditional motifs would disappear from their tribal art especially as the rituals and way of life for which they were originally created are beginning to become extinct.

Bul'ul


Posted for Photo Hunt

22 comments:

ρομπερτ said...

How interesting to see and read. it is said, that humans are intelligent, because they have hands.

Please have a good weekend.

daily athens

EG Wow said...

It is sad to see the old traditions die away. The carver is quite talented!

Photo Cache said...

this is a neat take on the theme. great job.

happy weekend, san laboy natin?

YTSL said...

To carve such things of beauty -- it takes a lot of talent but, I am sure, also quite a bit of effort!

marcia@joyismygoal said...

talents like that astound me hands are amazing!!

Marie said...

Gosh. Very creative hands there.

upto6only said...

i am really amazed to see people who knows how to carve.

happy weekend

upto6only said...

i just love to watch people who knows how to carve and be able to produce such beautiful artwork.

happy weekend

Sidney said...

Sad to say... their tribal art died already... most wood carvings are now done only for the purpose of selling it to tourists.

Anyway...it still requires a lot of skills to carve such statues.

JDeQ said...

It never ceases to amaze me when I see the incredible work that artists can undertake with their hands . . . I wish that I had some talen in that area . . .

Mrs. M @ TLC said...

Beautifully captured. i hope this art/skill will be passed on to the next generation.

Blessings!

ipanema said...

great idea for the theme. great photos to accompany it.

happy weekend! :)

healingmagichands said...

i like this post, great shot of the carver.

momgen said...

Hands are very creative...Happy hunting...

Mine is here

Marites said...

oh gee..we almost have the same entry!! interesting!! happy weekend!

my PH is here.

Liza said...

Working hands! I'm sure it was fun to watch.

Have a fun weekend.

Liz @ MLC

Kim, USA said...

Wow it takes skills and creativity to make those beautiful statues. Love it!
Hands

EastCoastLife said...

I used to buy wood carvings when I was in Indonesia and Thailand but these days they are mass produced and it has become too commercialised.

Life Ramblings said...

the wood carver is incredibly skillful. his artworks are awesome.

Annie said...

Love your take on the theme; I enjoyed seeing the wood carver and his work. :)

jams o donnell said...

e certainly is a skilful man. Great take on the theme!

Julie Shaw said...

nice picture