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"We Live With Our Dead Relatives" An Indonesian Tribe Which Keeps Dead Bodies of Their Loved Ones

Different societies have different cultures A culture represents the beliefs and practices of a group, while society represents the people who share those beliefs and practices. Neither society nor culture could exist without the other.

Our culture shapes the way we work and play, and it makes a difference in how we view ourselves and others. It affects our values what we consider right and wrong. This is how the society we live in influences our choices. But our choices can also influence others and ultimately help shape our society.

In a mountainous area of Indonesia, the Toraja people mummify the bodies of the deceased and care for their preserved bodies as though they are still living. The Torajan people believe that after death the soul remains in the house so the dead are treated to food, clothing, water, cigarettes.

The corpses are removed from their tombs, groomed and dressed in new outfits. They smell mildewy but the odour is not foul. Some wear sunglasses and jeans, others delicately beaded white satin dresses and bejewelled earrings..

Other than tradition, another major reason why the families take such good care of the corpses is because they fear that if they don’t take care of the corpses properly, the spirits of their departed loved ones will give them trouble.


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