For the past thousands of years, people explored all throughout the planet in order to discover “new” things that will explain the origin of things or simply prove the existence of something. However, after all those effort, it seems that people still find something new everyday that can somehow pique their interest.
During the late 19th century, loggers arrived at Mt. Pulag in Benguet, Ifugao, Philippines. They were able to uncover something inside a cave that they suspect were kept hidden by the locals as a part of the “secret”of their ancestors.
Now, it turns out that the secret uncovers a dark history.
In an article by Boredom Therapy, it is said that the caves can be accessed by passing through thin paths and rickety steps which lead directly to the opening. Inside the cave, one may be shocked with the creepy things that can be found. The whole area may even look like the set of a movie.
Tourists who want to walk inside the cave can only go there with the help of a tour guide who utters prayers for forgiveness before going inside. The real deal inside the caves are MUMMIES! These are known as Fire Mummies, or Ibaloi Mummies for the tribe who created them. Their mummification process dates back to 2000 B.C.
When getting close to death, the person who was dying would drink an extremely salty beverage, which began the mummification process. After the person died, they would be washed and put into a seated position and then placed above a flame.
This was so the corpse would dry out rather than get cremated. This entire process takes several weeks to complete.
Once they were fully mummified, they would be put into the fetal position. Sometimes families would be buried together, and other times people would be buried alone. The Ibaloi stopped this practice sometime in the 1500s after Christian explorers arrived from Spain. The caves remained untouched for centuries.
Eventually, the caves and its contents were named a National Cultural Treasure by the government of the Philippines.
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