Hanging coffins are coffins which have been placed on cliffs. They can be found in various locations, including China, Indonesia, and the Philippines. In China, they are known in Mandarin as xuanguan (simplified Chinese: 悬棺; traditional Chinese: 懸棺; pinyin: xuán guān) which also means "hanging coffin".
Hanging coffins are an ancient funeral custom of some ethnic groups, especially the Bo people of southern China. Coffins of various shapes were mostly carved from one whole piece of wood. Hanging coffins either lie on beams projecting outward from vertical faces such as mountains, are placed in caves in the face of cliffs, or sit on natural rock projections on mountain faces.
It was said that the hanging coffins could prevent bodies from being taken by beasts and also bless the soul eternally.
Locations of hanging coffins include:
- "The Hanging Coffin". The Hanging Coffin. chinaculture.org. Retrieved 10 October 2011.
- "131 ancient Chinese ‘hanging’ coffins found on side of 100m cliff near Three Gorges Dam". South China Morning Post. 15 December 2015. Archived from the original on December 16, 2015.
- Hanging coffins in China (link broken)
- Mysterious Hanging Coffins of the Bo
- Hanging Coffins a Clue to Ba Mystery
- Hanging coffins in Yunnan
- Mysterious Hanging Coffins of China (documentary)
- Sagada Igorot Online - Hanging Coffins
- Hanging Coffins of Sagada
- Picture of hanging coffins in Sagada
- Visit Sagada
- Hanging Coffins of Sagada : A dying Igorot Tradition