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.
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How interesting to see and read. it is said, that humans are intelligent, because they have hands.
Please have a good weekend.
It is sad to see the old traditions die away. The carver is quite talented!
this is a neat take on the theme. great job.
happy weekend, san laboy natin?
To carve such things of beauty -- it takes a lot of talent but, I am sure, also quite a bit of effort!
talents like that astound me hands are amazing!!
Gosh. Very creative hands there.
i am really amazed to see people who knows how to carve.
i just love to watch people who knows how to carve and be able to produce such beautiful artwork.
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.
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 . . .
Beautifully captured. i hope this art/skill will be passed on to the next generation.
great idea for the theme. great photos to accompany it.
happy weekend! :)
i like this post, great shot of the carver.
Hands are very creative...Happy hunting...
Mine is here
oh gee..we almost have the same entry!! interesting!! happy weekend!
my PH is here.
Working hands! I'm sure it was fun to watch.
Have a fun weekend.
Liz @ MLC
Wow it takes skills and creativity to make those beautiful statues. Love it!
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.
the wood carver is incredibly skillful. his artworks are awesome.
Love your take on the theme; I enjoyed seeing the wood carver and his work. :)
e certainly is a skilful man. Great take on the theme!
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