Fire or Kabayan Mummy of the Philippines (Jeno Ortiz CC)

The Kabayan mummies can be found in the northern Philippines on Luzon island. The mummies were created by the Ibaloi tribe. This practice occurred from 1200 to 1500 AD. Some scientists believe that the practice of mummification may have begun as early as 2000 BC.

Photo: Kabayan or Fire Mummy of the Philippines (Creative Commons: Jeno Ortiz).

Kabayan Mummy

The Kabayan mummy is also known as a fire mummy. The reference to the word fire is related to how a person’s body was mummified. In the northern Philippines, the practice was to slowly dry the body over a fire. Herbs were also rubbed into the body as the body was dried out.

Once the drying process was completed, mummies were placed in coffins. In turn, the coffins were then placed in caves. Today, the mummified remains are scattered among a number of caves on the mountain slopes near Kabayan city.

The practice was ended after the colonization of the Philippines by the Spanish.

The process of mummification differs from the practice in Egypt. In Egypt, organs were removed from the body then dried using chemicals. The dried body was then covered with oils to make the skin more elastic.

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Ronand Abella

When the Philippines is still free from the Spanish people.
The Filipinos have another religion and they praise it there everything like there god is the water earth air and more.
And when the dead people before the Filipino’s put them in a cage and put the dead body in the jar.
But when the Spanish came they change their religion called Christian and the Filipino’s were changing their religion and throw all the jar and some are put in the museum of Spain.

Ronand Abella

Ang mga ibang pilipino ay wala pang kastila.
Ito ay nagawa nang kapaypaan sa mga pilipino ay.
Kapag may namatayay ilibing nila sa isang ”jar” at ilagay doon.

Ronand Abella

araming mga iba’t ibang mga paniniwala ang mga pilipo kasi ang philipinas lamang ang nasakupan ng mga kastila. At ang mga mamataya aya mapunta sa isang parang malaking mga jar. Natapus yang hangang naka punta ang mga kasilaat pinatapos lang nila yan at hangang ngayun meron na suay sa iisang mga mga minila .

Ronand Abella

Kabayan mummy or a fire mummy can be found in the northern Philippines. The mummy were been created by the Ibaloi Tribe and been mummified with fire. Until the cycle were broken because they colonized by the Spanish. The kind mummified in the Philippines is different from the other’s like the Egyptian’s.

Ronand Abella

Kabayan mummy or fire can be found in the northern Philippines. The mummy were created by the Ibaloi Tribe and been mummified with fire.Until the cycle were broken because they colonized by the Spanish.