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Footage Captures Bizarre Moment Corpse Appears To Wave In Coffin

Claire Reid

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Footage Captures Bizarre Moment Corpse Appears To Wave In Coffin

Footage filmed during a funeral caught the bizarre moment the corpse appeared to wave from inside the coffin.


The clip, which was filmed in Manado, Indonesia, shows people gathered around the grave while a priest reads prayers aloud.

The priest can be heard saying in the video: "God has said in the book of John. I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me he will live even though he is dead."

While whoever is, for some reason, filming the funeral zooms in to the glass panel on the top of the coffin, you can see movement from within.

The incident was filmed on 5 May and it's been suggested by some that the body was attempting to wave.

However, the most likely explanation is that the corpse was moving due to changes that happen in the body after death.

A study from 2019 found that human bodies can move after death. Researchers from Central Queensland University in Australia, who were studying the process of decomposition, found that without external 'assistance' human remains can change their position.

Credit: Viral Press
Credit: Viral Press

Researcher Alyson Wilson told ABC: "What we found was that the arms were significantly moving, so that arms that started off down beside the body ended up out to the side of the body.

"We think the movements relate to the process of decomposition, as the body mummifies and the ligaments dry out. This knowledge could be significant in unexplained death investigations."

Dr Xanthe Mallett, a lecturer at the University of Newcastle who supervised the study, added that the finding is significant as a murder victim's body would not necessarily be in the same position it died in.

He said: "What isn't known is that the body moves as part of the decomposition process and it's the first time that it's been captured, as far as I know."

It was found that corpses continue to move for more than a year after death after a time lapse camera took overhead images of a corpse for 17 months and noted that the body continued to move for the entire duration.

Featured Image Credit: Viral Press

Topics: World News

Claire Reid
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