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A mimicking performance on how to arrange coffins up onto high cliff caves was re-staged on Sunday at the site of ancient hanging coffins at Xianshui Cliff, Longhu Mountain in Yingtan, east China's Jiangxi Province.

Performers simulate the installation of hanging coffins up onto grottos at Xianshui Cliff, Longhu Mountain in Yingtan, east China's Jiangxi province, on Sunday, November 25, 2007.

China News Service reported that the site owns more than one hundred ancient hanging coffins, that dated back to the ancient Yue State from the Spring and Autumn and the Warring States Period (770-221BC).

The coffin caves, dug into precipitious cliffs twenty to fifty meters above the Luxi River, have remained impossible to access over the past 2,500 years. As a result, the contents inside the coffin grottoes remain enshrouded in mystery.

However, there is still no definite explanation on how ancient people exactly installed their ancestors' hanging coffins into the grottoes. The mimicking performance at Xianshui Cliff was anyhow just one of the said ways to arrange hanging coffine, although the way has not been verified as exact by scientific research.

( November 27, 2007)

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