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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I've been fascinated by Mountain Province even before the hit film, That Thing Called Tadhana, made one of its municipalities, Sagada, a word-of-mouth for people of all ages. Some friends, either travelers or not, have already experienced the said Cordillera province and the common thing that they tell me about the place is that it's beautiful, more so when it wasn't yet bombarded with people. Anyhow, I'm still excited about going here especially that I was also planning to visit the beautiful terraces of Maligcong that is found in the capital municipality of Mountain Province, Bontoc. Despite ...
In the Cordillera region of the Philippines is where you can find a small yet famous town known as Sagada. This town of Mountain Province has the famous Echo Valley which was made known to both locals and tourists by its world-renowned hanging coffins. Basically, these coffins are displayed high on mountain cliffs. The Lumiang Cave on the other hand is a burial site where you can find stacked centuries-old coffins.
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Hi Steemians! Let me take you to SAGADA Philippines through this blog. We do the challenges for about 3 days..hahaha..
The journey will keep you whole body exhausted and painful, but the experience is suppppperb! It took us 8-12hours to reach the IFUGAO BANAUE Place.
But once you arrived in the destinations, the loooooong travel is all worth it! Yey! Keep on scrolling and you can see the view of the famous BANAUE RICE TERRACES. The temperature in this place reaches up to 6 Deg Celsius that time and fog is soooooooo thick:
After exploring the Ifugao Banaue Rice Terrac ...
Described by Lonely Planet as "the closest thing that the Philippines as to a Southeast Asian backpacker mecca," we were excited to head north from Baguio to the small town of Sagada to fit in some more mountain hiking. We hopped off our 5-hour bus ride and started looking for a place to stay for the night.
We quickly learned about the impact of weekend tourism from Manila. The place we had hoped to stay had no availability for the night (Thursday), but had a room the following night. A place a couple doors down had availability for the night, but had none the following night. This was des ...
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