Hangging Coffins of Sagada Philippines

Visiting the beautiful Philippine Islands can be both fun and exciting, if you are aware of the best attractions, and as an example of this we would like to take you on nice trip to Sagada and Bontoc which are located in the area of northern Luzon Island, not far from Banaue Philippines. Banaue is where you will see the awesome rice terraces that are thousands of years old, and I will talk about that area attraction in an other posting.

Today we will talk about the "HANGING COFFINS of SAGADA PHILIPPINES" which has a very interesting history connected to the local villagers here, and it dates back thousands of years. Sagada is part of what is known as the "MOUNTAIN PROVINCE" and has a population of around 12,000 people, and is located between 8 and 10 hours from Manila Philippines, using a private car or van, this timeframe varies depending on traffic, these are single lane roads.

Since Sagada was a hard to reach area back in the time that the Spanish where here, a Spanish Mission was not created until 1882, and it's for this reason that many believe is the reason for this area keeping it's indigenous culture in tack, since there was very little to no Spanish influence.

Sagada's Hanging Coffins History

Sagada over the years has become most famous for it's traditional way of burying their dead, which is by hanging the coffins on the cliff side of the mountains. Although it is a tradition here, not everyone will enjoy this honor, there are guidelines to be followed, for instance, if you are unmarried you would not be qualified to be buried in this way. One of the qualifications is that you have to be married, and you will have to have had grandchildren, so for the coffins you see hanging here in Sagada, they fit within these guidelines set forth by the local tradition.

Other Attractions and Activities in Sagada

There are many other interesting places to visit here in Sagada and the surrounding area that includes Bontoc and Banaue. Enjoy visiting the famous Banaue Rice Terraces, Marlboro Mountain, Echo Valley, Pongas Falls, the Sumaguing and Lumiang Caves, and so much more.


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