Hanging Coffins

by MSO

The Bo people lived at least 3,000 years ago. Restorers are working hard to secure the remaining coffins. Almost 50 have been restored and a further 19 have been discovered in the process.

It is rather macabre when you see the images of coffins hanging from a rock face tangling like some sort of ghostly chandelier. The Bo people, an extinct ethnicity of China, did this with their dead. They were not content to bury their dead in the ground like most people, the Bo hammered wooden stakes into the sides of mountains and lowered the single-piece coffins down on ropes. No one really understands why they would want to visit their deceased mom from a thousand feet below, maybe it was the thrill of eventually watching the coffin smash onto a rock floor at 60 miles per hour!

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