Hanging Coffins of Sagada, Philippines
Dating back more than 2,000 years, the Hanging Coffins of Sagada point to a custom that has long drawn the curious to Mountain Province, a remote corner of the northern Philippines, where ancient practices and beliefs continue to endure.
Harnessed to the hillsides here, the coffins contain the bodies of those who feared burial, believing such an end to their days made them vulnerable to headhunters and scavenging dogs, keen to feast on their rotting corpses.
Hung from high, the Igorot people believed that their unusual approach would bring the deceased closer to Heaven and so precarious are some of the perches here that an exhausting trek must be undertaken in order to catch a glimpse. The sight is a strange one and the atmosphere haunting, but for those determined to see the hanging coffins for themselves, the effort is worthwhile. Feeling brave? The dark corners of the Lumiang Burial Cave are certain to test your courage.
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