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12 September 2016

Villagers dig up bodies of dead relatives to celebrate bizarre ceremony Source: Mirror.co.uk

graveThese fascinating pictures show an annual ritual where villagers dig up the bodies of their dead relatives before washing, grooming and dressing them up in fancy new clothes.

Families in the Indonesian province of Toraja in South Sulawesi perform the act to keep their relatives alive in their hearts and minds.

As part of the zombie ceremony, even the skeletons of children are exhumed.

Damaged coffins are fixed or replaced before the mummies are walked around the area by following a path of straight lines during the ritual, called Ma’nene, or The Ceremony of Cleaning Corpses.

Relatives clean the body of L Sarungu (L), an army veteran dead for 10 years, during the Ma'nene ritual at Panggala Village on August 25, 2016 in Toraja, Indonesia.

Relatives clean the body of L Sarungu, an army veteran who has been dead for 10 years

Relatives clean the bodies of Ne'Tampo during the Ma'nene ritual at Panggala Village on August 26, 2016 in Toraja, Indonesia.

Relatives clean the bodies of Ne’Tampo during the Ma’nene ritual

Relatives clean the body of Ne'Tampo, dead for 30 years, during the Ma'nene ritual at Panggala Village on August 26, 2016 in Toraja, Indonesia.

For Torajans, the death of the body isn’t seen as an abrupt event and attempts are made to keep them part of the family.

Late loved ones are tended at home for weeks, months, or even years after death and funerals are often delayed to gather relatives.

Relatives exhume the body of L Sarungu, an army veteran dead for 10 years, during the Ma'nene ritual at Panggala Village on August 25, 2016 in Toraja, Indonesia.

L Sarungu’s body being exhumed

Relatives clean the body of L Sarungu, an army veteran dead for 10 years, during the Ma'nene ritual at Panggala Village on August 25, 2016 in Toraja, Indonesia.

The bizarre ritual takes place annually

Relatives clean the body of L Sarungu, an army veteran dead for 10 years, during the Ma'nene ritual at Panggala Village on August 25, 2016 in Toraja, Indonesia

Death isn’t seen as a final event by the tribe

Relatives pull up the body of Ne 'Dandan to be cleaned during the Ma'nene ritual at Panggala Village on August 25, 2016 in Toraja, Indonesia.

Relatives pull up the body of Ne ‘Dandan to be cleaned

In Toraja society, the funeral ritual is also most elaborate and expensive event.

According to their ancient belief system, the spirit of a dead person must return to his village of origin.

So if a person died on a journey, the dead person would be walked back home from the scene to the village.

Relatives pose with the bodies of Jesaya Tandibua' and Yakolina Namanda during the Ma'nene ritual at Panggala Village on August 26, 2016 in Toraja, Indonesia.

Relatives pose with the bodies of Jesaya Tandibua and Yakolina Namanda during the Ma’nene ritual

Relatives inspect the bodies of Paulus Sampe Lumba and Yakob Tandi Tondon during the Ma'nene ritual at Panggala Village on August 26, 2016 in Toraja, Indonesia.

Relatives inspect the bodies of Paulus Sampe Lumba and Yakob Tandi Tondon

Relatives clean the body of Paul Sampe Lumba who has been dead for seven yeas during the Ma'nene ritual at Panggala Village on August 26, 2016 in Toraja, Indonesia.

Relatives clean the body of Paul Sampe Lumba, who has been dead for seven years

 

 

Source: Mirrow.

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