A Zombie Ceremony to Celebrate the Dead

A Zombie Ceremony to Celebrate the Dead

Every three years, the Torajan tribe from Sulawesi island in Indonesia celebrate the Ma'nene festival. It literally translates as the 'Ceremony of Cleaning Corpses.' The ancient ritual is meant to show respect for their late loved ones. The funeral ceremony is an important showing of a family's wealth and status in the culture.



Families gather together in a ceremony of celebration. Their guests? Dead relatives that they've dug up and given a complete makeover. It is a zombie ceremony like no other.



The people dig up the bodies of their dead relatives before washing, grooming, fix their hair and dressing them up in fancy new clothes. Then they proudly display their dead relatives and parade the dead around the province.



They also replace and repair the coffins in a bid to stop the body from decomposing. Why go to all these lengths ?



In their culture, corpses aren't actually considered dead until a water buffalo is sacrificed to accompany them into the afterlife. For some families it takes years to be able to afford the expensive ceremony, so they take care of their loved ones until they can.



I'm sure glad that most of us choose to leave our dead to rest in peace.
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