Narod u ovom mestu ima zaista jedinstveni ritual sahranjivanja. Stariji ljudi sami sebi rezbare kovčege unutar debla drveća, ili ukoliko su bolesni i nemoćni, to za njih čine njihova deca.
Kada osoba umre, a ispostavi se da proporcije kovčega nisu odgovarajuće, ne pravi se novi kovčeg, već se lome kosti pokojnika, kako bi mogao da stane u sanduk.
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The hanging coffins of the Philippines and China are mysterious in a number of ways… . Bodies have been placed in these precarious cliffside graves as recently as 2007, but remains have been discovered dating back as far as 3000 years. Nobody is sure how, or why, ancient people practiced this strange burial rite, although there are several theories. . How: Evidence of lots of rope was found at these sites, so it is generally believed that a lot of rope was used in the process of positioning the coffins. Some believe that scaffolding was used to position them from below, others believe ropes and pulleys lowered them down from above. In any case, it would have required a tremendous amount of effort, which brings us to… . Why: Many think the people who did this believed that placing the body up high would put the soul closer to heaven. Some think this was done to protect the bodies from animals. However, there is evidence suggesting that the bodies were buried and allowed to decompose prior to being put in the hanging coffins. Some believe the objective was to protect from looters, but it's inevitable that the rigging decomposes as well, and the remains eventually fall down. Tourists visiting the site are warned not to stand under the coffins. . Do you have any theories of your own? Why do you think this tradition originated? . -Kellen . . . . . . . . Photo credit: allcontinentsinonelife #hangingcoffins #cliffcoffins #deathrituals #deathpositive #funeral #funeralrites #history #archaeology #traditions #china #philippines #cliffburial
Kovčezi se ne zakopavaju u zemlju jer mnogi narodi ne žele da prljaju zemlju, već vise s litice ili unutar pećina.
Ono što je sličnost sa zapadnim svetom jeste da se vodi računa o tome da članovi iste porodice budu sahranjeni jedni pored drugih.
Ovaj običaj se u Sagadi poštuje više od 2.000 godina. Postoje neki kovčezi koji su stari više od veka, ali većina nakon što kanapi i drvo istrule, padaju u ponor, piše Atlas obskura.
Razlog zbog koga se kovčezi vezuju da vise s litice je taj što narod u Sagadi veruje da će pokojnik imati veće šanse za bolji nadgrobni život.
Do mnogih kovčega je gotovo nemoguće doći, što je takođe bila zaštita od zveri i neželjene pažnje drugih ljudi.