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    Posted May 5, 2012 by
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    Hanging coffins of Sagada


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     KarlGrobl leads photography tours around the world. He says on the island of Luzon, Philippines, he came across coffins that were hanging from the side of a mountain. He says this is a tradition practiced by the indigenous people on the island. 'When I saw this I thought it was pretty cool. They do something different than the rest of the world,' he says. 'The reason they do it is because they want the spirit to go up to Heaven, they believe that if they bury a person the spirit can't go up to Heaven,' he says.
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    In northern Luzon, the Philippine’s Cordillera region, the weather is downright cold in the morning at almost 5,000 ft of elevation, get up early to take sunrise photos of some of the most amazing rice terraces you’ll ever see. Later make a short hike through a pine forest to visit Sagada’s famous “hanging coffins”.Hanging coffins are an ancient funeral custom in northern Luzon. In several areas, coffins of various shapes can be seen hanging either on beams projecting outward from vertical faces of the mountain, in caves in the face of cliffs, or on natural rock projections. The coffins are quite small due to the fact that the deceased are placed in the fetal position, believing that people should leave the world in the same position as they entered it.
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