Villagers dig up dead relatives, give them makeover

Villagers dig up dead relatives, give them makeover

Villagers honour their dead relatives by digging them up and giving them a makeover as part of an annual ritual. Indonesian families have been pictured preparing the skeletons of their dearly departed for the Ma’nene ceremony.

The corpses of grandparents, partners and children are washed, groomed and dressed in new clothes. People in Toraja in South Sulawesi raise the dead each year to help them on their journey through the afterlife. According to ancient Torajan belief, spirits of the dead must return to their village of origin. Read more

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