The Hanging Coffins Of Sagada – Travel At Your Own Risk

The Hanging Coffins Of Sagada – Travel At Your Own Risk

The Hanging Coffins Of Sagada - Travel At Your Own Risk

Though it may seem quite unnatural, the Igorot Tribe hailing from Sagada, Northern Phillipines, have an age old practice of burying their dead in hanging coffins.

This has been in their culture for more that 2000 years, although on a much smaller scale as of now.

These coffins are hung up to the sides of the cliff making the place look way too spooky and haunting for the travelers.

In this nuclear town of Sagada, the common belief is that, placing the dead high up would take their souls closer up to the gods.

But, this is just a cover up. In reality, the ancestors in the previous generation actually feared that their bodies would rot up or be eaten up by the dogs, if buried in the ground.

Also, the warriors from Kalinga, the enemies during the kingdom era, collected heads to show off their bravery.

Whatever may be the reason, the people there still believe in that culture. In fact, whenever someone dies, the family has to mark the occasion by butchering pigs and chickens as well.

Once a person dies, they are bound to a death chair and are showcased for the relatives to pay their final respects.

Then the body is curled up in the form of a fetus, covered with a blanket and tied up using rattan leaves. The body is then taken up for a procession, during which people come around to carry it.

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They believe that coming in contact with the deceased’s body fluids is a matter of good luck.

As the coffins are too small to fit the bodies, the bones of the dead are broken and forced to fit in.

But, the coffins used now are of normal sizes as the people have abandoned and fear the practice of breaking the bones.

The Hanging Coffins of Sagada is truly one of the most eerie abandoned place the world can witness. A travel to this town ensures that the nightmares of Halloween come true.

Would you dare to go?

Source: Outdoor Guy

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