Sunday, June 7, 2009

lumiang burial coffins - sagada

the burial coffins outside Lumiang cave is believed to be more than five hundred years. there's about a hundred wooden coffins all piled up in the opening of this cave. early morning the next day, we went to the tourism office at the municipal hall to meet with our guide for the cave connection. cave guides are certified to be trained and has good experience in the field of spelunking.we were introduced to Manong Wilbur Timpac who has been entering these caves for more than 15years now. a quiet yet compose type of person now on his thirtees. he led us down the paved road to barangay Ambasing, where some of the burial caves are found. even along the road, we passed by small caves with burial coffins outside its opening.towering stone walls can be seen from afar with some hanging coffins, which i'll be featuring in the coming posts. pine trees are everywhere and and the farther we go, the fewer the houses.when we reached about 500meters of walking, we turned left now entering a rough path. upon reaching the cave's opening, we saw the coffins piled up almost reaching the cave's curved ceiling.years back, the tribes that inhabited Sagada practiced the tradition of placing the coffins of the dead outside a cave opening instead of the traditional human burial. it is not even placed inside the cave as they believe that the dead deserves to be exposed.if you look closely at the wooden coffins, you'll notice that it's smaller than the usual coffin. this is because the bodies are placed in fetal position. in the belief that since the baby in the mother's womb is in this position, humans are to be in the same position when buried.some of the coffins has animal carvings, of which a form of a gecko is common. according to some, this represents good leadership among the clan.all the coffins in Lumiang cave are believed to be people coming from the same clan. therefore others are placed on other caves around Sagada. some coffins are already damaged through time. but for years of preservation, the coffins are now being protected and safeguarded by the guides through the initiatives of Sagada's cultural preservation team. i consider this site as a national treasure.

57 comments:

Travelerfolio said...

Hi Dong ho! ooo hanging coffins? Never seen that before.

Waiting for your pic! :D

fufu said...

wow... nice!! i know china has a place like this too... i didnt know sagada has this awesome place =p thanks for sharing... you are bad... because i miss pandesal already... used to have it every morning with coffee/tea....

fufu said...

coming to you site will always remind the great holiday i had in the philippines XD

I am Xprosaic said...

Nice! Parang wala sa pilipinas ah! jejejejejejeje... May klase ba tayo dito? Archaeology? History? jowk! jijijijiji...

ShatterShards said...

Nice photos of Sagada. Okay pati yung watermark na ginamit mo for this set. hehe

witsandnuts said...

Woot! Hanging coffins! I can't wait to visit Sagada. I agree, I liked the watermark you used. =)

bluedreamer27 said...

wow ang ganda naman ng mga rock formation na iyon

by the way dong
just want to invite you to join the "OPERATION 111" Meme
its with the commemoration of Philippine 111th independence day
heres the link for the tag
http://bluedreamer27.blogspot.com/2009/06/operation-111.html
have a great day hope you can participate before June 12 ends

Rajesh said...

Fantastic snaps. Each one better than other.

Lawstude said...

i always want to go there to actually see the hanging coffins but even if i will not be given a chance to go there, at least parang narating ko na din because of your posts.

ito ba yung kuha ni kit?

by the way, really sorry i wasn't able to join you this weekend, something came up kasi eh. kwento ko na lang sa bro next time.

Borneo Falcon said...

Very interesting. This should be an heritage site indeed

HOMER said...

thanks ulit dong!! hehe nilagay na kita sa blogroll ko para makabalik ulit ako dito hehe!!

ayus!! :)

sheng said...

This was once featured with GMA trying to investigate Sagada, she was in Baguio din that time and eventually dropped by the coffin site...

Antoine Greg said...

i remembered my childhood dream...
hahaha
to ba an archaeologist ^ ^

lurve the photos Dong!

BlogusVox said...

Do they have records if people then preserved their dead before burial?

JOSHMARIE said...

as usual great pics. ganda rin ng header!

Sardonyx said...

Ganda talaga ng mga photos mo at ang ganda ng Sagada. Thanks for sharing this info sana makabisita rin dyan.

alicesg said...

Wow it looked so scary and eerie. I think they have the same practise in China too but I never see any hanging coffins before. Not sure if I dare to take photos of them..lol. You are so brave.

It is really a lifetime adventure for you. Amazing.

jasperjugan said...

does it smell anything like cadaver-ish or something?

you're really making me want to go to sagada. oh long weekend ahead!

-ellesig- said...

its good to hear that the coffins are now safeguarded,.
before i read something about archaeologists and treasure hunters would steal coffins and stuffs from the cave,.

Joy said...

How very interesting, Dong! I didn't know about the hanging coffins before. Thanks for sharing this.

So when will you share your free gift cheques from Krispy Kreme? I'd love to try a couple of donuts while I'm in Manila in the next two weeks.

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gillboard said...

I was supposed to be there last month.. i missed its beauty... ang ganda ng luzon nakikita ko na lang sa blog mo... hehe

Hi! I'm Grace said...

Hi Dong, these are awesome pictures. I thought I have seen these on (MGB) but I guess not as much as you have showed us.
Have a blessed Sunday. :)

jeanny said...

swesome place. Love the rock formations.
So eager to see sagada tuloy :)

walkwithmetothemoon said...

Gusto ko pictures ng mga puno. Super ganda. Nature na nature talaga. hehe.

mavs said...

wow...
ganda ng pix parekoy!
parang twilight setting ung 3rd picture parekoy....

SandyCarlson said...

That was fascinating, eerie, and humbling. I wish those coffins could talk!

eliment said...

very interesting. i love those rocks.

JayAshKal said...

Definitely a national treasure but more so a spiritual sanctity that deserves respect from all "visitors".

Very historical posts, and the photos are a great updates to the ones I've seen years ago from various magazines.

We'll add this to my "to go to" list...

Chyng said...

nice shots!!!
Surely magiging reference ko to pag pumunta kame Sagada. Im just wondering, bakit parang di nasusunog ang balat mo kahit you travel a lot under the sun? haha

Bengbeng said...

Dong, i found this post interesting. Here in Sarawak we had burial poles n remains up high. Even in my hometown Sibu, the Chinese are buried above ground until today unlike in West Malaysia where they r buried six feet under.

Joffred said...

nice shots! amazing!

Luke Wiley said...

Fascinating structure!

Blue Rose said...

hanging coffins? meron palang ganun. hindi ba nakakatakot kapag andoon ka sa place na yon?

thanks for sharing this with us dong.

dodong flores said...

Hello donG hO!

Wow!!! Hanging coffins na naman... I'm glad pinasyal mo kami dito. I came across this place in some other blogs and learned that at some points, those hanging coffins were vandalized by irresponsible tourists. I'm sure you would also blog about it later.

I appreciate these set of photos. Galing ng pagkakakuha...

jei said...

Wow! Amazing! But I will never, ever walk in this place alone even if it's broad daylight. But this is a good post Dong. Very educational! Can't wait for your next post. You promised hanging coffins, right? Well, bring it on!

nuts said...

wow! you never stop to amaze me dong with your photographs, your post. thumbs-up here! kakaibang pakiramdam, how much more to see by my eyes the mystic Sagada.

Photo Cache said...

wow, very interesting.

REDLAN said...

Ito ba pinuntahan ni GMA? basahin ko 'to mamaya.

Allen Yuarata said...

do they smell?

haha. dream ko pumunta dyan.

Rico said...

Did you get that creepy feeling when you were inside the cave?
Beautiful photos as always. feeling ko grabe yung lamig dun.

Layrayski said...

So I'm right. Sagada is not your ordinary Philippine destination. Fascinating. And a bit creepy I must admit.

REDLAN said...

buti napreserve pa rin. kakaibang experience 'to.

The Nomadic Pinoy said...

There were reports before of theft in this cave but I wonder now how these coffins are protected from vandals. Do they have guards or padlocked gates?

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chubskulit said...

That's very interesting Dong!

ryliej said...

di ba nakakapangilabot maggala dyan?

john said...

Whoa, I'm surprised they didnt disintegrate..

ghieGANDA said...

wow! i happened to visit sagada last december. the place was really great kahit malamig! hehe.. http://ghie87.blogspot.com/2009/01/flashback.html

EM said...

Interesting DonG! Was it creepy taking pictures of coffins? :)

It looks like National Geographic to me!

Thanks for sharing!

Hilda said...

Fascinating practice. And those rock walls are fabulous!

darkhorse said...

Dong - tlang totoo...ganun pla tradisyon nila sa labas ng cave nilalagay yun mga coffins...very educational tong blog mo - Dong!...thanks n tc

Heart of Rachel said...

Great shots. Those hanging coffins are amazing. It's great to know that more efforts are being done to protect and preserve them.

Raft3r said...

gano pala kalamig dyan, dong?

coolwaterworks said...

This indeed is a testament to our rich culture as Filipinos in the pre-hispanic era...

I agree that these hanging coffins and they areas where they can be found should be declared as protected areas and should be part of our national heritage...

Garando said...

I enjoyed your sagada series! I'm glad that there are efforts to preserve the hanging coffins. Was always worried about vandalism and looting, i bet some collectors are eyeing those precious artifacts kase.

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