Indonesia Villagers Dig up their Corpses and Celebrate them annually

Exhuming the dead

The Villagers dig up the corpses of loved ones, including very little babies, so as to get them cleaned, dress them up and even enjoy giving them cigarettes which are part of the festival rituals. 
Western civilisations tend to make promises till death but for this minor community on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi a burial does not break any bond. 
Fascinating images show the local Toraja people celebrating the ancient 'Ma'nene' ritual, which mostly tends to translates into The Ceremony of Cleaning of Corpses.

families visit the tombs of dead relatives who had been buried for years or lately and dig up their remains before cleaning the corpses, dressing them in fresh clothes and parading them all through the village and this is done once in a year.




While Indonesia is mostly a Muslim country, the people of Tana Toraja are mostly Protestant Christian.
However, even upon their Christian faith, they continue to practice their old traditions whose roots trace back to animistic beliefs, like Ma'Nene.

The Toraja Church has tried every possible medium to put to an end to the tradition, but the ancestral cult is highly connected and inclined to the culture of the Torajans. 

Unlike some other cultures, death is barely a parting for those in Toraja. 
The deceased are mummified and housed in ornate, colourful coffins and spend several months or even years in their own homes before receiving a funeral and burial, in order to give the family of the deceased time to raise enough money for the feast.

Many families go deeply into debt in order to hold an extravagant funeral ceremony

The deceased are mummified and housed in ornate, colourful coffins and spend several months or even years in their own homes before receiving a funeral and burial, in order to give the family of the deceased time to raise enough money for the feast.

Many families go deeply into debt in order to hold an extravagant funeral ceremony.
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