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Hanging Coffins Traditions

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Sagada,
Phillipines

Tana Toraja, Indonesia


China

A little History
H a n g i n g C o ffi n s
of Sagada
Philipines:
Igorots tribe living in
Sagada, Luzon Island
Philipines.
Practised over 2000 years
old
The coffin are said to be
carved by the elderly
people before they die.
If they are to ill/weak to do

why

The igorots
knew that
corpses will
decomposed
quickly on the
ground.

REASONS
WHY THEY DO
IT.

Preventing animals
from eating the
corpses.
Back then, when head hunting
was a common practice, corpses
on the ground wouldve been an
easy target by the Kalinga tribes
and Eastern Bontoc Province
(their enemies). Thats why they
put the coffin high on the cliff.

One of the most common


beliefs behind this
practice is that moving
the bodies of the dead
higher
brings
them that
It up
is also
believed
closerthe
to gods
their ancestral
would be able
spirits
to reach them more
easily if they are placed
high up in the cliff.

The elderly feared being


buried in the ground. When
they died, they did not
want to be buried because
they knew water would
eventually seep into the
soil and they would quickly
rot. They wanted a place

HOW??

DO THEY
TERMS AND CONDITI
DO IT?
People who are likely to die, must
made their own coffin. If they cant a
family member will help her/him.
Most of the time, the coffins were to
small for the body so they had to
cracked the bones in order to fit the
coffin.

Echo Valley Sagada,


Phillpines
Not all people
can do the
hanging coffins rituals
only those who married
& have a grandchild.
If the members of the
family died, they must
sacrifice wether 5 or 3

The corpse must be placed in a fetal


positions. The Igorots believe that a
person should depart the same way
he entered the world.
THIS IS
WHAT
A
If someone dies the body must
went
through funeral procressionsFETAL
until it
reach the top of he cliff then POSITION
placed
the body inside the coffin. LOOKS

Before being taken for burial, it is


secured in the foetal position, with
the legs pushed up towards the
chin.

The deceased is then placed on


a woodensangadil, or death
chair, and the corpse is tied with
rattan and vines, and then
covered with a blanket.
Corpses positioned facing the
main door of the house for
relatives to pay their respects
The cadaver is smoked to
prevent fast decomposition and
as a means to conceal its rotting
smell

It is then wrapped again in a


blanket and tied with rattan leaves
while a small group of men chip
holes into the side of the cliff to
hammer in the support for the
coffin.
on the way there, mourners do
their best to grab it and carry it
because they believe it is good
luck to be smeared with the
deads blood.
JUST IN CASE,
The fluids from the corpse are
IF YOU WERE
thought to bring success and to
WONDERING
pass on the skills of the deceased
WHAT RATAN
to those who come into contact
LEAVES
with them during the funeral
LOOKS LIKE.
procession.

THE TRADITIONS

IN
MODERN
WORLD.

Today, Sagadas elders are among the


last practitioners of these ancient rituals.
Younger generations have adopted
modern ways of life and are influenced by
the countrys profound Christian beliefs.
Children want to remember their
grandparents but they prefer to bury
them in the cemetery and visit their
tombs on All Saints Day. You cant climb
and visit the hanging coffins. Its a
tradition that is slowly coming to an end.
Its dying out.

FUN FACT

ABOUT
THE HANGING COFFINS
SAGADA, PHILLIPINES

If you are smeared with the blood of the


deceased, then you are considered as the
l u c kes t . T h e b l o o d s y m b o l i z ed g o o d
fortunes
Those who either died as infants or
illnesses were believed to bring bad luck
i f e n c l o s e d t o t h e c o ffi n
I f s o m e b o d y d i e s , i t t a k e s u p t o fi v e d a y s
t o r e a c h t h e t o p o f t h e c l i ff .
To r a j a s c u l t u r e d o e s n t r e q u i r e a n y t e r m s
l i ke i g o ro t tr i b e s i n p h i l l i p i n e s . A n y o n e
can do the traditions but it costs hundreds
million rupiah.

maybe

IF YOU
ARE WONDERING...

What happens if
the coffin falls to
the ground?

How do they
bring the coffin
high up in the
cliff?

Long time ago, they didnt do


anything about it.
Now, since it becomes an
attractive tourism
destinations. Local
government try to repair the
tomb.

thankyou