March 2, 2014

Travel Photo: Sagada's Hanging Coffins

Hello! Today I will be featuring a photograph I took while exploring Sagada, a well-known travel destination in the Cordillera region.

Where in the world is this?


This is the hanging coffins in Sagada, Mountain Province. It is what Sagada is famous for, together with its cool weather, its caves, mountains, falls, views, culture, and people. The hanging coffins are found at the cliffs and caves of Echo Valley. The ethnic group of Sagada practiced this religious ritual as a form of ancestral worship or veneration. It is because they have this mysterious belief that the spirit of the dead members of the family continue to exist and make connections with the living. That is why when visiting these places, you need to be respectful and quiet.

“Disturbing the natural environment and ecology of the burial sites where the mummies were kept and preserved for centuries would not, in any way, help in the preservation of the mummies but instead push them into oblivion." - Isikias Picpican

Have you visited Sagada before? Or have you seen a hanging coffin? Please share your experiences here by dropping a comment below. :)

12 comments:

  1. Equal parts creepy and fascinating to see those hanging coffins (with chairs too!). But I would say they are definitely right up there in awesomeness with the Egyptian mummies.

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    1. Yeah! You're right, Reyjr! This is just one of the many unique ancient burial styles that can be found around the world.

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  2. I haven't seen Sagada's hanging coffin yet but I would love to go! Hopefully this summer=)

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    1. Oh really? That is nice! Yes, it is great to visit there during summer because of the cold weather in Sagada. :)

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  3. Wow. Tell how on earth did they think of that and then what an effort to do all the hanging right? Very interesting, never heard of this before. Thank you!

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    1. Yeah! It is engraved in their culture. Really? Sagada's hanging coffins is so famous-- a must-see for every traveler who is exploring Sagada!

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  4. Erika says...
    I haven't been to Sagada but I've been wanting to. Didn't know about the hanging coffins though. They fascinatingly creepy ;P

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    1. Hi Erika! Visit Sagada soon! It is really great there. :)

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  5. Oh yes! It was very nice and especially if you see it at the break of dawn and you get lost in the fog and feel content to take a pic from far away :D Nice shot dong!

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    1. Hahaha, scared for its "creepiness." Thank you! :)

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  6. I've been to Battad when I was young but they say Sagada is more tourist friendly though I'm scared with the news about the crash in mt. province. eek! :) Gab - www.taragumala.blogspot.com

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    1. Hi Gab! Yes, you're right. Sagada is tourist-friendly because it has many tourists there. And I compare Sagada like Northern Thailand's Chiang Mai or Pai. It is so important to be cautious and be safety-minded when traveling. It is always a lesson for all of us. :)

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