Hanging Coffins

Sagada, Mountain Province

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

  • Tourist Spots In Luzon: Most Popular Places For First Time Travelers

    Tourist Spots In Luzon: Most Popular Places For First Time Travelers

    Luzon Island is nature's gift to humans; this is because it has many beautiful natural features such as Sandy beaches, attractive lakes, amazing volcanoes as well as northern mountains. These features bring out the beauty of Luzon Island, and they're the popular and well-known tourist spots in Luzon Island.

    Mayon Volcano

    Have you heard of the world most perfect cone? It's Mayon Volcano. The fact that it's an active volcano has not stopped it from being an awesome sight to see. People come from different parts of the world to see this amazing volcano; as such, Bicolandia has become a pop ...

  • Where To Go In Sagada? (Sagada Tour Starter Pack)

    Where To Go In Sagada? (Sagada Tour Starter Pack)

    Sagada is best known for its sea of clouds and cold climate. It also became more popular for soul-finding because of the movie "That Thing Called Tadhana", featuring the entire beauty of Sagada, Mountain Province - a place for hopeless romantic.

  • Sagada Mountain Province By John King Ong

    Sagada Mountain Province 2018

    This was my 1st mountain climbing, and it was a blast! Its special coz i'm with my college bestfriends Vea Camille and Alvin. Nakakapagod sobra! Yung 3 days itinerary eh ginawa naming in 2 days!!! LOL. The best tong experience na to. Hinding hindi ko to makakalimutan!!! Sa mga adventurous jan, eto ang dapat niyong puntahan.

    Day 1:
    -Banaue Rice Terraces
    -Public cemetery in Sagada
    -Echo Valley
    -Hanging Coffins
    -Sumaguing Cave
    Day 2:
    -Marlboro Hills
    =Trekking in Banaue Rice Terraces
    -Bomod-Ok Falls
    -Jeepney Road trip

  • PHs Unique Resting Places

    PHs Unique Resting Places

    Since the oldest known cemetery - the Taforalt Cave in Morocco - was established around 15,000 years ago, people of different cultures in various realms or principalities have designated places where the remains of the dead are burried or interred.

    Originating from the Greek word which means "sleeping place," cemetery implies that the land is particulary assigned as a burial ground.

    In the Philippines, the dead are normally buried six feet under the ground and the plot is topped with a tombstone. Also commonly, the dead are placed in a niche or tomb either individually or in a mausoleum. ...

  • The Ultimate Sagada Travel Guide 2018

    The Ultimate Sagada Travel Guide 2018

    Sagada is a world away from what most people would imagine when picturing the Philippines.

  • Banaue Sagada Benguet - Philippines Aug 2018

    Banaue Rice Terraces - are terraces that were carved into the mountains of Ifugao in the Philippines by the ancestors of the indigenous people.

    Sagada - is a town in the Cordillera Mountains, within the Philippines? Mountain Province. Echo Valley's hanging coffins are displayed high on cliffs, while centuries-old coffins are stacked in burial sites like Lumiang Cave. The nearby Sumaguing Cave has unusual limestone formations. To the north, Bomod-ok Falls has a natural swimming pool. Rice terraces are carved into the area's surrounding mountainsides

    The La Trinidad Strawberry Farm - is a ...