Sunday, November 28, 2010
Kick-off House building
The big event is today, Saturday November 27.
We added the first concrete to the soil, after digging foundation trenches and holes, pumping ground- and rain-water and bending the 16 MM reinforcing steel-bars for the columns on which the house will be built.
Such an event in the Philippines is accompanied with several rituals.
First of all a cross is installed on the building and construction area. The purpose is to get rid of the bad spirits, so that later on it is a safe place to live and save for the construction workers as well.
We started with 10 people more than a month ago (mid October), added 10-12 more to speed-up the fence building and will now downgrade again the team to 12+ people next week.
Before the concrete will be poured into the big holes for the column foundation, we have to make several sacrifices, which are today one goat (buck) and five chicken (1 rooster and 4 hens). Especially the male animals are important for giving maximum strength.
There will finally be 25 columns, half of them are ready for making the concrete foundation, next week the other half will be completed.
The sacrifices are to make sure the house, and especially the foundation, will be strong. Therefore the blood of the animals is poured into the holes first, then the concrete will be added.
And more important for the workers of course is to have a party with the boss and to have a free meal and (lots of) drinks.
The goat horn will be attached later to the workshop and should protect us from bad spirits again.
A third ritual is to throw many coins in the foundation holes, whilst the concrete is poured, so they mix-up with the concrete, which will give luck to the owner and family members of the house.
The attached pictures tell the story of today much better than I can do in many words.
There are more rituals related to building a house in the Philippines. I will report on them when the house will be finished and delivered for living next year.