Graphic photos: Indonesian villagers exhumes corpes, dress them in new clothes for ritual purpose

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A village in Indonesia every three years, dig up their ancestors every three years and dress them in new clothes in ancient ritual to show ‘love and respect’.

The Torajan people of Indonesia proudly display their dead relatives after digging them up and dressing them in new clothes in an ancient ritual that is meant to show respect for their late loved ones.

Every three years, the tribe from Sulawesi island exhume their dead, who they wash and dress in fresh clothes and then pose for family photographs in a festival known as Ma’nene.

The ritual, which translates as ‘The Ceremony of Cleaning Corpses,’ has been going on for more than a century.

Many save money their entire life so they can have a respectable burial for themselves or family members.

In some cases the deceased’s funeral is held several weeks or even years after their death so the family have ample time to cover the extensive funeral costs.

When a member of the village dies they are wrapped in several layers of cloth to prevent the body’s decay.

Then, they are dug up every three years, admired by loved ones and dressed up in different clothing.

When a member of the village dies they are wrapped in several layers of cloth to prevent the body’s decay.

Then, they are dug up every three years, admired by loved ones and dressed up in different clothing.

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