LUMIANG BURIAL CAVE in Sagada, Philippines
Coffins frighten the hell out of me. I said it before and I’m saying it now — The poor Traveler is not the take on Traveler. There are so lots of things out there that terrify me. one of them is death. and a lot of of the things related to it. The mere sight of a coffin is enough to make me shiver. think of how I felt when I learned I’d be in a cave full of coffins!
“कुनै हालतमा हुदैन। Not gonna happen,” I resisted.
An hour later, I found myself in a cave, surrounded by coffins. The concern of coffins was overshadowed by the concern of not getting to experience the trip in full so I walked down to the cave, along a steep and rugged trail, with my pals to face the most coffins at a single place I had ever seen.
And it wasn’t scary.
Coffins stacked one after another, creating an entire wall of sealed proof of how much our ancestors valued the afterlife, did not activate concern but curiosity. The place uses a quick but rich look of the past — traditions, culture, life.
The Lumiang Burial Cave is probably the most checked out burial site in Sagada mostly because it is normally bundled with the Sumaguing Cave Tour. Sumaguing Cave is arguably the town’s a lot of popular vacationer attraction and those who avail of the excursion are given a complimentary side trip to the Lumiang Cave. It is also the start point for the Cave Connection, the a lot more challenging of the spelunking options you may choose from.
The cave is hidden several meters away from the road and one needs to go down a steep — and if you’re unlucky and it’s raining — slippery trail. There are parts that are very tough to traverse but nowhere near dangerous. You just need to keep your balance by using your arms as your third and fourth legs. Some parts are rocky that you might want to enjoy your step, while some were littered with soft sticks that make music when stepped on.
Although a challenge, especially for asthmatic tourists like me, the trail uses a good view of the limestone cliffs along the way. There’s even a spot for picture-taking!
My pals at a photo stop. Haha
When we reached the site, we were greeted by a number of small groups of tourists, all posing against the piles of coffins. While some settled for just checking out the coffins from afar, others went deeper into the area to get a closer look at the priceless content of the cave. On one end were those about to start their Cave connection spelunking adventure.
Our guide leading the way into the mouth of Lumiang Cave
Tourists about to start their Cave connection Spelunking Adventure!
The Lumiang Burial Cave
Lumiang Burial Cave Coffins
A good fifteen minutes had passed and everyone in our group agreed it was time to come back up to the road. minutes before, we were all talking about how tough it was to go down to the cave. Apparently, the going down was relatively easy if you ask me. It was the coming back up that left me gasping for and vomiting air.
I wouldn’t say my concern of coffins had been completely removed by this experience. However, this close encounter with the vessels of the departed brought me closer to the realization that death and all things that we associate with it are all reflections of the culture we take part in.
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