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BABAYLAN

$86.00

DESCRIPTION
 
Inspired by our Philippine pre-colonial ancestors, the Babaylan is a charming statement object that can be used as an incense burner or ash tray. "Babaylan"—the Visayan word for shaman—were women or trans women who were one of the four pillars of indigenous communities. They were the healers/mystics who connected to the past (ancestors), present (spirits of nature) and the future (by creating life). 

“Babaylans are inherently peacemakers and ecologists, especially when challenged by power wielders of capitalism and materialism. Babaylans believe that we are all one breath and that the God is in all of us. This interconnectedness leads them to uphold justice and peace as vital to the life of the earth.” - Marianita Girlie C. Villariba*

Each Babaylan has been adorned with tiny hand-formed Linglingo Hoopies.

Research sourced from Centennial Crossings: Readings on Babaylan Feminism in the Philippines and @aswangproject

*Sociologist who practices ‘Babaylan’ (mystical women) work

SPECS

3.5” wide x 6.5” tall

 
ABOUT THE MAKER

RG Jar Factory is one of the surviving jar factories left in Vigan City’s neighborhood, Pagburnayan. In 1824, Chinese immigrants learned about the abundant source of clay in the landscape of Vigan and settled in the area establishing the pagbuburnay industry, which translates to “jar making”.

The process is simple. Carabao are tied to trees and stomp on a mud mixture of marine sand, clay and water. After four hours, the resulting clay is sculpted by hand or on a pottery wheel. The wheel is powered by another person who spins it by foot while the artisan throws on the wheel. The sculpted piece is left to dry in fresh air, away from the sun for one to two weeks. After drying, the pieces are baked in a large 150-foot long oven for one day and night.

VALUES

Our products are made by human hands and with natural materials. We believe the slight variations in color and veins in the marble  are what make them unique and extraordinary.