The practise of Hanging Coffins is arguably the most famous funerary ritual of the Kankanaey people of Sagada.
Ever have an existential crisis and hop on a plane to Germany to look at dead monarchs? Same mate, same.
In the age before embalming and refrigerated storage, keeping bodies preserved and cool was a serious issue for undertakers and families alike.
Fisk’s patent explains that ‘the air maybe exhausted so completely as entirely to prevent the decay of the contained body on principles well understood; or, if preferred, the coffin may be filled with any gas or fluid having the property of preventing putrefaction.’