Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Hanging coffins of Sagada in Philippines
Located 275 km. north of Manila, Sagada is famous for its "hanging coffins". This is a traditional way of burying people that is not in use anymore. The forebears of the current residents practiced an unusual burial practice by hanging and stacking coffins, hewed from tree trunks, in the limestone karst cliffs and caves near town. -from
Beside giving me a bit of vertigo, seeing this interesting funeral practice reminds me that what is possible in funerals is bounded more by the limits of our own imaginations, than it is by convention or physical limitations. In a world where baby boomers choose to have their cremated remains shot into space, or scattered in the Himalayas, this practice may become popular among the bungee jumping set.

No comments:

Related Posts with Thumbnails

Contact Me

My photo
Funeral service faces a crisis of relevance, and I am passionate about keeping the best traditions of service alive while adapting to the changing needs of families. Feel free to contact me with questions, or to share your thoughts on funeral service, ritual, and memorialization.


Blog Archive