What seems like a spooky site on bluffs in the Philippines is really a time-honored tradition in a specific region of the country. The hanging coffins have existed on the sides of cliffs in Echo Valley in Sagada for at least 2,000 years. The Igorot people of this region engage in this practice because they feel that hanging their dead high on the sides of bluffs provides for their beloved deceased an easier passage to heaven. The placement also protects the dead from animals and floods. This culture embraces and prepares for death in advance-elders even carve their own coffins if they are physically able.
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