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.
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Funeral customs of the Western world are pretty straightforward. Ground burial and cremation are the only socially acceptable forms of conveying loved ones to their eternal rest. However, various cultures have had different attitudes towards death and burial rituals, and some of the practices, nearly extinct today, seem unusual or even downright frightening to us today.
One of these practices is the mystical tradition of the "hanging coffins," or what is considered to be the remnants of an ancient funeral ritual emblematic for locations across Eastern and Southeastern Asia, like parts of Ch ...
I stumbled upon treasures beyond precious metals and gems. Deep within mountains of the Cordillera Administrative Region, I found treasures in the form of lush nature, vivid cultures, and rich heritage well-preserved by the different tribes were collectively known as Igorots, or people from the mountains.
True to its name Cordillera, which means chain of mountains or mountain ranges, the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) is located on a mountainous area within the island of Luzon and is the only landlocked region in the country.
It is composed of six provinces- Abra, Apayao, Benguet ...
Long before the advent of social media, going to the inner municipalities of Ifugao, Mt. Province, and Benguet requires extensive research, patience, and luck. Today, one can easily visit these places simply by availing tour packages offered by different travel companies online.
When my dear friends Tom and Kai told me they wanted to spend their honeymoon in the Philippines, the first places that came to mind were El Nido and Boracay. A place where newlyweds could bury their toes in the sand and sip cocktails all day sounded like the right place to go. But when Tom told me they were looking for adventure over Sex on the Beach (pun intended), I knew exactly where to take them instead Sagada.
Come with me and explore the beauty of Sagada. Definitely one of the best places I've been so far in the Philippines! The weather is nice, people are awesome, the nature is breathtaking and the adventures Sagada has to offer is absolutely amazing and thrilling. Today, I'll be showing you around Sagada, we will visit some cemetery and the infamous hanging coffins of Sagada that is believed to be at least 200-year old Igorot burial tradition. The place is breathtaking and is very well-known not only in the Philippines but in the world!
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Majestic scene of Sagada in the Mountain province, north part of Luzon, Philippines.
Travel date : Nov.18-19, 2017