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Philippines: Cutting the Vine

The Higaonon tribe is one of the people groups that inhabit the mountainous regions of North-Central Mindanao. They practice an ancient ritual for settling blood feuds between two families or tribes. In this ritual, the chieftain would use a bolo to hack a green rattan vine placed on a bound pig. It is a graphic, violent and symbolic ritual in which two opposing parties direct their anger at a sacrificial animal. After the ritual, the pig is cooked and eaten and the two pieces of rattan are given to the leaders of the formerly opposing groups to remind them of the peace agreement that has just been reached.

Praise God that He Himself provided the sacrifice to cut the enmity between God and men, establishing peace and reconciling us to God through the cross of Jesus Christ. Ephesians 2:14-16 Read More.

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