Kalagan Rock Shelter
Bohol, known for its rich natural and cultural heritage, has a history immersed in ancient rituals and traditions that are still observed in the different areas of the province up to these modern times. Last Tuesday, January 9, 2024, the National Museum of the Philippines – Bohol, together with cultural workers of the provincial government’s CCAD Bohol (Center for Culture and Arts Development), witnessed a ritual practice in Brgy. Malinao, Garcia Hernandez, has evolved and has been integrated into Christian celebrations.
The place is the recently featured Kalagan rock shelter, which our archaeologists from the NMP inspected last year. “Kalagan” from the local word “kalag” (soul/spirit) on the belief in the existence of the strong spiritual energy of their ancestors in the area. Five wooden coffins and a few skeletal remains are present in the rock shelter. Earthenware and porcelain sherds are also visible. Aside from its archaeological significance, rituals are also performed by known tambalans or “tamba’ans”.
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