The Sagada karst rocks as an interface between immanence and transcendence

The karst region of Sagada in the Mountain Province of Luzon, Philippines, is famous for its cave entrances graced with pine log coffins. These are the final resting places of the ancient Sagadans, laid to rest after complex rituals. The caves’ exterior walls are often adorned with what are termed “hanging coffins.” This historical practice has always fascinated me, as its origins and purposes were not clear until I discovered the works of Viveiros de Castro. His intricate and nuanced view on perspectivism has profoundly influenced cultural anthropology. His approach is unconventional and is expressed in academic books and journals in a language filled with complex phrases and concepts that are difficult for the layperson to grasp. Therefore, I have decided to present my findings through a narrative.