Haunted Hanging Coffins of Sagada, Philippines
With the most haunted places in the Philippines being limited to places like Fort Santiago in Manila, Clark Air Base Hospital in Pampanga and the Haunted Balete Drive in Quezon City, there is one place that doesn’t make popular lists; The Hanging Coffins of Sagada.
Sagada is a mountain province about 400km north of Manila, the capital city of the Philippines. There, the people have a unique ritual when it comes to burials.
Similarly to certain groups in Indonesia and China, the elderly people of Sagada carve their own wooden coffins out of hollowed out logs unless they’re already too sick and then their families will take on the responsibility.
The dead are placed in their wooden crypts and then taken to a cave for burial. It’s reported that some corpses even have their bones broken in order to fit them in their hanging coffins.
After the kabaong, which is Tagalog for coffin, arrives at the cave in Sagada, it’s not placed in the ground like typical coffins. It’s either hung on the inside of the cave walls or on the outer face of the cliffs near other hanging coffins of their ancestors.
The Sagada people have been practicing their unique ritual for over 2,000 years and some of the coffins are over a century old, but the ritual is somewhat confined to the mountain province.
Over the years and with the climate, high humidity and tropical storms in the Philippines, wood just can’t be sustained outside for years on end and some of the decorative coffins fall from the walls.
The main reason for the hanging coffins was due to a belief that the higher the corpses were ‘laid’ to rest, the greater the chance of their spirits reaching a higher nature in the afterlife.
There have been some reports of the haunted hanging coffins of Sagada being haunted and it’s not really surprising. With AHistoryOfMystery having a team in Manila, we’re going to plan an investigation and see what paranormal phenomena we can find.
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