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The Bontoks or Bontocs (population 157,876) live on the banks of the Chico River. They are also found are found in the Mountain Province of the Cordillera ranses. They were once well-known because of their headhunting practices, prevalent in the old days but not anymore today. Present-day Bontoks are a peaceful culture despite frequent contacts with other groups.

Men have more authority in matters of the beliefs and practices of the community than women. For the Bontoc family, children are the important link. Barren marriages are generally dissolved. A marriage is considered barren if no chils results from the union after five years of marriage.

Among the Bontocs, the cycle of their existence revolves around the Ato. It is the place where the Council of Elders hold various ceremonies, meetings, and events


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