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Belief in life after death are visible in practices by ancient Filipinos.  There are three examples of these: log coffins, limestone jars ?ecorda?y burial, and burial urn.

Central Visayas is unique in its belief in the after death.  There are grave furniture that are buried with their dead such as gold, beads, ceramics, stone and iron tools for them to be able to survive in the next journey.

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Burial Coffins ca. 15c AD
-- Log coffins -- Argao, Cebu
-- Limestone jar -- Sultan Kudarat

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Death Mask

The deceased were honored with “Mask” (eye, nose, and mouth covers)  made of thin gold sheets.  Gold is considered as magical substance, might have meant to keep in soul or keep out evil spirit.

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Another version of Death Mask.


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Gold Beads Variety of granulated and filigreed beads in gold. They have been recovered in quantity in Argao, Cebu (800 - 500 AD)



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