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Mt. Province: Hanging Coffins of Sagada

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 their death by making their own coffin and choosing the part of the mountain where their coffins will be hanged or inserted.
Please be guided accordingly

Can you see the hanging coffins? Nope?

Then let's go down and take a closer look

When they die, they will be placed on a chair so that his/her body can be arranged to the fetal position. This is due to the belief that a person should exit the world the same way he/she came in. The chair used will also be hanged next to the coffin of the deceased.
Do you wonder what those chairs are for?
The coffin below the Bomit-Og is the newest addition to these wonders

To date, the last to "avail" of this sacred burial custom was laid to rest (safer to say "hanged" to rest) last December 10, 2010. It is the coffin under Bomit-Og.


These are other coffins found in the area
With the popularity of Sagada to the lowlanders, a lot of people flock the town to catch a glimpse of these hanging coffins. In the positive perspective, people got firsthand education about the rich culture of the people of Sagada. It also brings in income to the locals. However, this popularity also bring in several negative things too like pollution, crime, and several culturally deficient people who would go "preaching" the unbiblical act of this tradition.
One of the river crossings going to the exit
The path leading to the underground river cave.

Check out those rocks

Regardless of this, Sagada remains a place to add in your travel wishlist. I got to see the Hanging Coffins of Sagada during the Sagada Tour that my wife and I availed. Overall, it was a perfect destination for those who wish to see how culturally diverse the Philippines really is. Oh and by the way, visitors would surely enjoy the Echo Trail (prepare to get muddy during the rainy months though.)
The exit of Echo Trail... yup beside a local gasoline store

Getting there:
From the town center, you can ride a tricycle to the Church of Saint Mary the Virgin. From there, walk towards the jump off point. Make sure that you avail the services of a local guide. Not only will this help the local economy, he will also ensure your safety (some areas are slippery and there are some areas where you might fall if you are unfamiliar.)

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Comments

  1. I love the look of the coffins on the wall. This seems like quite the hike!

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  2. WOW! This is so cool but also a little creepy. I had no clue that something like this existed. What an experience!

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  3. Unbelievable! I find other cultures so fascinating. Thanks for sharing...I would never have known about this if it wasn't for your blog post!

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    1. You're welcome. I hope you'd get the chance to visit Sagada someday. =)

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  4. Very interesting, I have never heard of this before, thank you for sharing!!!

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  5. The photos look amazing. Looks like an amazing place to go and visit. If I keep adding to my bucket list I'm going to run out of time.

    Thanks for sharing!

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    1. That sounds great. =) Thanks for visiting my blog.

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  6. I have not heard of the hanging coffins before, so this is a great read for me. The diversity of culture in this world is amazing.

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    1. I'm happy that I have shared something that widens your knowledge of world culture. =)

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  7. What a beautiful place! Thank you for sharing. I would love to visit Sagada one day!

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  8. Wow so interesting! I have never heard of this but it looks like a great way to experience the culture.

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    1. It is Sarah. =) This is only one of the few places in the Philippines that still practice this ritual.

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  9. I am in the mood for an adventure, reading your post and watching your pictures make me want to travel.

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    1. Thank you Marjie. However, my photos does not capture the real beauty of the place. Please do visit Sagada and discover it first hand.

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  10. Wow what a unique attraction! Beautiful but also slightly morbid at the same time!

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    1. I agree with you. =) However, this would surely be a once in a lifetime experience for those who visit. =)

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  11. Wow this sounds freaky, but I believe it would be a once in a lifetime experience.

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  12. I always love learning about cool places to see when traveling

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    1. I hope Sagada motivates you to go out and explore the world more.

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  13. Lol I fear coffins leave alone seeing them hanging with people's remains.

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    1. Hahahaha. These coffins are loaded with dead people. =)

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  14. This articl was a very good read. I loved hearing about a new culture, and their traditions.

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  15. Nature has magical powers. This location is simply beautiful.

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    1. I agree with you Sanjota. I do hope you get to visit this place someday.

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