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hour his house is torn down, and his body is carried to the woods and buried in the earth. Dishes and earthen pots belonging to him are broken over his grave to mark it.
While a corpse is awaiting burial, the Tagbanuas are in dread of a mythical creature called balbal,
TAGBANUA WOMEN AND GIRLS a PALAWAN
which they say comes from the Moro country. It sails through the air like a flying-squirrel. In form it is man-like, with curved nails which it uses to tear up the thatch of houses, and a long tongue with which it reaches down and a licks up a the bodies.
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