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Indonesian Tribe Dig Up Relatives Every Three Years To Clean Them Up

Indonesian Tribe Dig Up Relatives Every Three Years To Clean Them Up

The Ma'nene Festival in Indonesia is the chance for people to pay their respects to their dead family members, but this isn't the usual laying flowers or lighting a candle, because the Torajan people dig up their dead, clean them and put them in new clothes.

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It takes place every three years on the Sulawesi Island and has been happening for over a hundred years. According to the Daily Mail, the Torajan people are big into funerals because they believe it's one of life's most important events, they also believe that death isn't really the end, but just another step on a spiritual journey.

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Once the corpses are tidied up and put into new clothes the family pose for photographs next to them. They also use the opportunity to clean up and repair the coffins to slow down decomposition as much as possible. The whole ritual is a chance for the families to remember and pay respects to their dead relatives.

What do you reckon, lads?

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Topics: Death, indonesia

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