The Hanging Coffins of Echo Valley in Sagada are picture-perfect sight more impressive than any horror fiction. Within the dark corners of the Lumiang Burial Cave lay a stack of coffins which enclose some of the oldest Igorot ancestors. A number of coffins, however, are placed in the highest corners of the cave walls. These coffins are suspended from the limestone cliffs via ropes and strong wires ...
Local tourist guides assure visitors that the position of the coffins signify how much loved ones cared for the deceased. In other words, the higher the coffin, the more valued the deceased was. The coffins were made by hollowing out logs that are apparently smaller than the actual size of the dead. As a result, the body would assume a "fetal position"??"a preferred technique believed by ancient Igorots as a way to bring peace to the departed's soul.
Sagada hanging coffins are a gem that one can only reach through an exhausting trek. During the Pre-Hispanic era, relatives and loved ones of the deceased would travel the beaten path in order to place the coffin inside the Lumiang Cave. Prior to that, a 5-day pre-burial ritual was required during which the body was preserved using smoke.
The hanging coffins of Sagada may be awkwardly placed but for ancient Igorots, the bizarre tradition was meant to put their loved ones closer to heaven. Sadly, even dangerous heights have failed to stop some tourists from doing bad deeds. Reports said that the bones within the hanging coffins were stolen either as souvenirs or for other purposes God only knows.
Perhaps its about time for the local government to employ all efforts to preserve these unusual yet marvelous reminders of our past. Sagada hanging coffins are not just a tourist spot but also vanguards of history that highly deserve protection.
Hanging Coffins of Echo Valley News
The Philippines has spectacular sights, beautiful islands and natural landscapes to visit. After countless trips to various beaches, our family thought of doing a Mountain Province adventure for an exciting change. My hubby Dennis planned the long but scenic road trip to Sagada, Bontoc and the Maligcong rice terraces.
Leaving Manila early in the morning, we reached Baguio City in time for a tasty Pinoy breakfast at Caf by the Ruins. And then we continued our trip to Sagada, arriving in time for lunch.
This was my first time in Sagada and I was excited to visit the famous Sumaging Cave an ...
Sagada is a small town in the mountain province of Luzon in the Philippines. Many visit for its cool and refreshing climate, beautiful caves and hanging coffins as well as the serene mountains. Take enough cash with you, when you visit it. The whole town only has one ATM, which is not always working. Although exchange rates are quite bad.
Mandatory Tour Guide Clarification: Contrary to what all the tour guides will tell and post to tourists. Tour guides are not legally required in Sagada. You will not be arrested, fined or in trouble with the police in any way, if you choose not to hire a g ...
The people of Sagada follow a unique burial ritual in which the dead are buried in coffins which are tied or nailed to the side of cliffs. These ?hanging coffins? can be found in various locations like China, Indonesia, and the Philippines. This culture buried their dead on cliffs for centuries because they believed that they will be closer to heaven and that the younger generations will benefit spiritually from this ritual.
In the Lumiang Burial Cave, located on a hilltop called Echo Valley, lay a stack of coffins which enclose some of the oldest Igorot ancestors who have laid their dead. ...
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Hello, hello, hello! Finally got to share the Sagada Day 2 Part II. After lunch and the falls, we went to Hanging Coffins, Sagada Pottery and St. Mary's. We even had time to take a break and ate desserts.
This itinerary will cover Banaue & Sagada, Northern Luzon over 4 days, and is the third part of my Philippines backpacking trip. To see my previous itineraries, please check out my 6 day itinerary for El Nido, Palawan and 4 day itinerary for Coron, Palawan
• Trip length and when did I go? 4 days in November 2016
• Places visited: Banaue, Sagada, Manila (transit), Baguio (on return trip)
• How much did it cost me? MYR 490
At A Glance
• Day 1 - Manila to Banaue. Arrival in Manila. Did some sightseeing and shopping at SM Mall of Asia and Baclaran Market to pass th ...