The Mystery of China’s Hanging Coffins and the Demise of the Bo People
A cliff overlooking the Yangtze River is an unusual sight. On the steep cliffs that reach hundreds of meters high hang coffins thousands of years old.
A cliff overlooking the Yangtze River is an unusual sight. On the steep cliffs that reach hundreds of meters high hang coffins thousands of years old. These ancient relics of the Bo people are a mystery to this day as to how they managed to place these hundred-pound coffins so high and unreachable and what their purpose was. Also, how did the Bo people perish in such a short period of time? What exactly is the story behind it?
The South China region has truly breathtaking scenery. Forests, rivers, mountains, and beautiful cliffs. One of the most beautiful natural landscapes is the Yangtze River, which is the longest river in Asia. In one of the curves of the river, there is a towering cliff that is the final resting place, aka the tomb. But this tomb is no ordinary tomb.
Coffins are lined up on steep cliffs hundreds of meters above the ground. According to records, the hanging coffins are the legacy of the Bo people, who started the burial tradition about 3000 years ago.
But for years, scholars have debated how the Bo people were able to carry these extraordinarily heavy coffins up there and what their purpose was. The disappearance of this civilization and its people is a mystery that has never been solved.
Unique Funeral Traditions
According to historical records, the tradition of hanging coffins in China has actually been going on since 3000 years ago in Fujian. After that, this culture spread to the regions of Hubei, Sichuan, and also Yunnan.
Experts suspect that the Bo ethnic minority people have made these coffins. This is because the Bo culture emerged around the same time as the chests.
So why did the Bo people choose to bury their dead in such a high and inaccessible place? The answer to…