Sunday, September 19, 2021

Strange Traditions The World Over:Famadihana, Madagascar

 Death is a time of sorrow and silence even if it means visiting the grave of a loved one who passed away years ago. Not in the Hauts Plateaux of Madagascar though, because July and September witnesses the custom of Famadihana.

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 The 'turning of the dead' involves exhuming the remains of deceased relatives and re-wrapping their bones in fresh cloth. 

Relatives also take time to ask their dead ancestors for blessings and things they might need in the world of the living. While this is not spooky, it is described by many travellers as more of a party with plenty of rum to go around. Some revellers dance to tunes from the accordion along with remains of the dead.

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