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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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
â€¢ Trip length and when did I go? 4 days in November 2016
â€¢ Places visited: Banaue, Sagada, Manila (transit), Baguio (on return trip)
â€¢ How much did it cost me? MYR 490
At A Glance
â€¢ Day 1 - Manila to Banaue. Arrival in Manila. Did some sightseeing and shopping at SM Mall of Asia and Baclaran Market to pass th ...
Last February, I had the opportunity to work with US-based blogger Meileilan Usin-Mattinson (www.colorsofmei.com) for her Philippine Tour 2017. During the 10-day tour, we visited Sagada, El Nido, and her hometown, Zamboanga City.
We did not only visit Sagada for the first part of her tour but also the Batad Rice Terraces, one of the five clusters of the Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras, a Unesco Heritage Site.
The views were plenty on our way to Sagada. We stopped by a couple of view decks, the Kennon Road View Deck in Baguio City and the Highest Point View Deck in Atok, Bengu ...
Located in the municipality of Sagada in Mt. Province, the Hanging Coffins of Sagada is a traditional Igorot funerary practice of "hanging" coffins together with the remains of respected elders by the sides of the cliffs and mountains of Sagada.
This sacred practice was said to have started thousands of years ago and is still being practiced to this day. Just to give you a backgrounder about this sacred custom, not everyone is given the chance to undergo this funerary practice. It is reserved only for the respected elders of the community. As part of the tradition, these elders prepare for ...
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Day 1: MANILA TO BANAUE
We started an early flight from Cebu to Manila, it was 45 mins. to an hour flight. Our driver met us at the airport and we headed to get some breakfast before the long road trip started. The trip to Banaue from Manila was more or less 13 hours drive. It sho ...
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We started 2017 with one big adventure, a trip that was in my head for years. I grew up in a family that was not inclined to take the road less traveled when it comes to trips and it was only after I got married that I started exploring the off beaten paths.
Cue in my kids who brought me back to the usual tourist itineraries, "easy" destinations for families with kids and hotels that offer amenities that make your visit more comfortable and convenient. Then I realized that I was bored and wanted to see more than the usual tourist traps.
I don't know why it took me so long to realize that ...