coffins in lumiang cave - sagada (philippines)

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coffins in lumiang cave - sagada (philippines)

Stacked coffins in Lumiang burial cave - Sagada (Philippines)

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January 8, 2014
South Rd, Sagada, 2619 Mountain Province, Philippines

The highly recommended Cave Connection tour enters by the Lumiang burial cave and exits at the entrance of Sumaguing Cave, after crawling, scrambling and wading through about 500 meter of very steep, convoluted, tricky and wet underground passages.­

Sumaguing Cave is one of the most beautiful caves I have seen with many "live" rimstones and flowstones.­ Even though it is regularly visited by groups of tourists and cavers, it is still very clean.­

Due to the very dangerous drop-offs at the Lumiang cave and the complicated maze of passages to reach the connection with Sumaguing Cave, it is recommended to take a local guide.­

The cave guides in Sagada are well organized and professional, and the caving tours are very affordable and totally worth it.­

Related series:
Lumiang Burial Cave

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Photos taken in 2014 in the Philippines.­

I visited Manila, Luzon and Palawan.­

Incomplete series, work in progress!

Many ancient wooden coffins are stacked at the mouth of the Lumiang Cave in Sagada (Philippines).­

When the person died at very old age, their coffins were decorated with geckos, the symbol of long life for the Kankanaey indigenous people living in the region.­

Laying coffins in caves or hanging them on cliffs is an ancient pagan tradition that is rarely followed nowadays.­ Indigenous people have converted to Christianity and are now burying their dead in cemeteries.­

The Lumiang Cave is approximately 1.­5 Km, a short walk from the center of Sagada.­

If you do the highly recommended Cave Connection tour with a local guide, you will enter by the Lumiang cave and exit at the entrance of Sumaguing Cave.­

Due to the very dangerous drop-offs at the Lumiang cave and the complicated maze of passages to reach the connection with Sumaguing Cave, it is recommended to take a local guide.­ No-one will stop you if you venture in the cave by yourself, but it is genuinely dangerous.­ The cave guides in Sagada are very well organized and very professional, and the caving tours are very affordable and totally worth it.­

related series:
Lumiang & Sumaguing Caves Connection.