Chris Stowers

Banaue, Ifugao, North Luzon, PHILIPPINES

Carved wooden Rice God statues depicting a mother, father and son in the household of an Ifugao tribesman. These statues, which are sometimes encrusted with the blood of sacrificial chickens, can be several hundreds of years old. They are traditionally used by rice farmers to help bring a good harvest, though these days they are more likely end up being sold to tourists. Banaue's terraces are designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Ironically the trees chopped down to make these souvenirs leave the upland soils exposed, leading to erosion of the very rice terraces that are the region's prime tourist magnet.

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Chris Stowers
Banaue, Ifugao, North Luzon
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