Cliff-Hanging Coffins

 - Oct 27, 2008
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The mountainous Sagada province on Luzon Island in the Philippines and in other countries like Southern China have high cliffs which bear hanging coffins placed far above the ground.

The coffins of the ancestors of the local people were made out of single pieces of hollowed-out wood, usually carved out by the elderly or their relatives. The coffins sit on beam projections (or are placed in mountainside caves, as in China). It must have been quite a feat to get them up there.

This ancient funeral custom was practiced by minority groups. Such burial rituals are said to bring the person closer to heaven.