Wednesday, June 2, 2021

The Toraja corpse-keepers

Herman Tandi, 32, combs the hair of his grandparents during the Ma'nene ritual

 The Toraja people of South Sulawesi, Indonesia, do not consider their deceased family members to be dead until their funerals – which can be a long time after they die.

The Sun

In the meantime, their bodies are kept in the family home – sometimes for years – and treated as if they are still alive, with relatives washing them, changing their clothes and bringing them food and drink.

Even after they are buried, families dig up their dead loved ones every couple of years for ceremonies before placing them back in their graves.

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