The Hanging Coffins of Sagada and Other Filipino Funeral Customs

More than 2,000 years ago, the Igorots of Sagada began their burial tradition of hanging coffins, which survived despite most of the Philippines being converted by the Spanish to Christianity. Today, the hanging coffins, lamay, pasiyam, babang luksa, and pamahiin (superstitions) such as sukob and pagpag are some of the many funeral customs that Filipinos are known for.

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Music: “This House” and “Echoes of Time v2” by Kevin MacLeod (

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