The Hanging Coffins of Sagada: Hanging With The Dead | Travel The Philippines


The Hanging Coffins of Sagada are a must-see in Northern Philippines. The dead are put in coffins, but instead of being buried in the ground, the coffins are nailed into the side of a cliff. The people of this region have kept this tradition alive for thousands of years, and it still happens today, although on a much smaller scale. The influence of Christianity has caused most to be buried in the ground in a cemetery these days, but when all the criteria is met a person might ask to be placed among the others hanging far above. The ritual involves the whole village, the butchering of a number of animals, and the passing along of the body to everyone hoping for bodily fluids to leak onto them (It’s good luck).

Part 34
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Location: Sagada, Philippines

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