lumiang burial cave - sagada (philippines) - 6 photos

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.

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