Bizarre Ritual: Indonesian Tribe Digs Up, Grooms & Takes Photos With Their Loved Ones' Corpses
Every culture has some distinguishing features and festivals that may seem grotesque to the rest of the world. From unknowing eye they may seem weird, but for a person belonging to that culture. These festivals are completely normal because they understand why they are celebrated and are well aware of their meaning.
The Ma'Nene festival is one such event in which the Toraja people, an indigenous group in Indonesia, dig out the corpses of their relatives to "clean them." It may resemble a zombie apocalypse, but let us explain the real reason why they follow this unusual practice.
1. People dig out their deceased relatives every three years.
The name of the festival, "Torajan," basically means "The Ceremony of Cleaning Corpses." The meaning goes beyond just celebration. It honors the bond between life and death.
2. The corpses are dug out, groomed, and dressed up.
After the corpses are exhumed, they are placed in new clothes. Later, family members who are still alive take pictures with the bodies.
3. The coffins are replaced.
Either the coffins are fixed or are replaced. The dead bodies are laid with the living members and are paraded around.
The people move around in straight lines because they believe that this way their paths connect them with Hyang.