I once saw this Dragon Mask at a friends house when I was young and it was scary looking but kind a cool. It made me curious but I never got a chance to ask what it was and what's the story behind it. To this day, I haven't seen any information on this even online. You can search for the Philippine Ifugao Dragon Mask and it will only tell you that its made in Northern Luzon of the Philippines in and sold by street vendors specifically for tourist as a souvenir. There's a lot of them for sale on ebay, cultural sites and tiki stores but none of them offer any information or background on the mask other than the dimension and physical attribute of the mask. There also a lot of inquiry but not even the online community can provide any thing substantial.The only thing I've seen is that its used to ward of evil spirit which plays into most of the tiki mask story.
One of the sites provided a link to a Bakunawa which is a totally different story and entity. The Bakunawa is believed to be a huged dragon that ate the moons. It was believed that at the beginning of time there were 7 moons and the dragon has eaten them all except one. When he does eat the last moon darkness will fall. So idea of a moon eclipse, the people feared it was the Bakunawa eating the moon. Another great Philippine mythological story which by the way, we have so many.
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