It's always a delight when my interests unexpectedly cross paths and we get a label crossover. If only they'd thrown some monkeys in there too, this might have been literally the best thing ever.
I've been enjoying surprises more since I stopped bothering to do even the most preliminary, misleading Wikitravel research before heading to a place, so when I walked around Sagada with vague notions of rice terraces and waterfalls I had no idea I was going to see a load of boxed dead guys piled up and left to fester in the mouths of caves or on perilous precipices.
But I did! Obviously. Otherwise, that introduction would have been superfluous.
Lumiang Burial Cave
This cave and others like it were treated as warehouses for dearly departed stiffs, until civilised Europeans arrived and told them that was ridiculous: corpses should be left to spoil underground if they've got any chance of getting into the correct afterlife, silly! Most of the coffins ended up somewhere in the dark depths of the cavern below, following landslides and other geological crises, but these ones still standing at the entrance are happy to be photographed by morbidly curious tourists every day. At least, let's assume so.
There was another burial cave nearby, which I almost got in shot.
I'm working without a viewfinder since my camera display busted
No dead stuff here, but there was a Dave in a cave. Clearly not having learned anything from my visit to Niah Caves in Borneo, I failed to bring a torch and didn't get very far. That's okay, Jackie was a bit scared anyway.
While some of the jaded travel accounts I've read from Sagada make even my blog look upbeat, they were right about the hanging coffins being disappointing. I took some photos of this attractive limestone rock face when we passed it on two consecutive days without knowing what I was looking at.
This sign made me very happy
Sadly, there's no sign asking people to stop burning shit
Yeah, think I might give it a miss
I don't know how long we walked for, but the seasons changed rapidly
No caption for this last one, just to annoy Enoemos. Like he's reading any more!