RAW: Hanging coffins in SW China

About 20 hanging coffins are found in the cliff in Washi Village of Weixin County, southwest China’s Yunnan Province.

Hanging coffins are an ancient funeral custom of some minority groups, especially the Bo people of southwest 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, or are placed in caves in the face of cliffs, or sit on natural rock projections on mountain faces.

It was said the hanging coffins could prevent bodies from being taken by beasts and also bless the soul eternally.

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