The Batad Rice Terraces are 2000 year old terraces that were carved into the mountains of Ifugao in the Philippines by ancestors of the indigenous people. They are fed by an ancient irrigation system from the rainforests above the terraces.
It is commonly thought that the terraces were built with minimal equipment, largely by hand. The terraces are located approximately 5,000 ft above sea level and cover 4,000 mi² of mountainside.
They are fed by an ancient irrigation system from the rainforests above the terraces. It is said that if the steps are put end to end it would encircle half the globe.
Ifugao culture revolves around rice and the culture displays an elaborate array of rice culture feasts linked with agricultural rites from rice cultivation to rice consumption. Harvest season generally calls for thanksgiving feasts while the concluding harvest rites tungo or tungul (the day of rest) entail a strict taboo of any agricultural work. Partaking of the bayah (rice beer), rice cakes, and betel nut constitutes an indelible practice during the festivities and ritual activities.
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