The Walking Dead: Indonesians Dig up Dead for a Bizarre Custom
- Indonesian festival called Ma’nene
- Dig up corpses and dress them well
- Man’nen, or the ceremony of ‘Cleaning Corpses’ is practiced in Indonesia to honor the deceased ancestors.
- The weird ritual that dates back hundreds of years is practiced by an ethnic tribe of Indonesia located at Toraja in South Sulawesi.
Indonesia is known for its weird, wacky and wonderful traditions. Of all its rituals, the Ma’nene festival tops up the charts. The peculiar ritual involves the bodies of the departed being exhumed, cleaned and dressed in new clothes, then walked around the village and buried again.
The practice commenced a hundred years back when a hunter found a dead body abandoned in the mountains. The hunter dressed up the corpse in his own clothes and then buried the body as per rituals. He was then blessed with good fortune. Ever since, the people of Toraja believe that this practice would reward them for taking care of the dead.
From babies to elders, carcasses are unearthed by the families every year to honor the spirits of their ancestral mummies. Well, while the lifeless get a chance to look drop dead gorgeous, we wonder how nice it would be to dress and clean the thousands of humans who don’t have access to clothing!