A bell has been uncovered at a remote archaeological site in the central Philippines that may have been used to curse out revelers who dined on meat cooked over fire. The bell is believed to have been part of a ceremonial ring made by Augusto Bonifacio at his slaughterhouse in the 18th century. Archaeologists have described the find as “little understood at the moment” and a “new twist in the history of local history and food beliefs in Moro-speaking communities.” The ring, which was found at the Archaeological Site of Minalang, also known as the Pa-ab-ing Auwe Auwe Ancestral Rites and Ritual Location, once contained a “probituelum,” or “deer antelope mitigation,” ring technique that has become known as the “hangover prevention ring.” Some scholars claim that the technique was an attempt to help people avoid food poisoning if they ate raw or improperly cooked meat that was hung near a fire.
The archaeologists and the Filipino government have been monitoring the sacred site, where Bonifacio oversaw slaughterhouses where 200,000 to 300,000 cows, goats, pigs, and chickens were sold to sell to higher-end stores. They recently discovered two giant stone slabs used to tip off schoolchildren to the slaughterhouse at dawn.
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