Tapayan (Clay Jars)

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In Filipino culture, the "Tapayan" is an earthen knee-tall jar used for storing water for washing. In many bahay kubos (huts) for the barrios, there is a tapayan near the entrance hagdanan (bamboo ladder) and another one at the back porch called the batalân. The function of this placement and implement is this: whenever you come up a house, polite manners necessitate that you wash your muddied feet. Ergo, the water jar and the tabó (coconut shell ladle) are just the right implements. In addition, the attached back-porch batalân serves as the out-bathhouse where there are several tapayans.

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