In the Philippines, Mount Banahaw in Quezon province is a pilgrimage site for locals and believers alike. Considered a holy mountain or even a ‘new’ Jerusalem in a mystical sense, people flock to its forested sacred sites or puwestos. The objectives of this study are (1) to identify signs and symbols within the sacred space of Mount Banahaw; (2) to explain how signs and symbols within the mountain are able to convey various religious meanings to the worshippers and; (3) to understand how pilgrims derive and interpret the meanings associated with these signs and symbols. The author retraces a pilgrim’s journey to the mystical place and attempts to discover the connection between the great expanse of Mount Banahaw and the various representations situated within the place.
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Arceta, Katherine B.
"Mount Banahaw’s Enigma of Power: A Personal Reflection on Signs and Symbols at the Santa Lucia Complex,"
International Journal of Religious Tourism and Pilgrimage:
5, Article 5.
Available at: https://arrow.tudublin.ie/ijrtp/vol8/iss5/5