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Woman Walks Again 3 Years After Her Death

All around the globe, there are as many traditions around death as there are different cultures. Some populations even see it as a keynote. This is the case of an indigenous people, the Torajas, who live in on the island of Sulawesi, in Indonesia. Indeed, in them, death is celebrated, and even the deceased inhabitants participate. All believing in the afterlife, they do not immediately bury their dead.

Among the Toraja, funeral rites are very important. The official burial can take place long after death. As long as the funeral ceremony has not taken place, the person is considered "sick", to masaki ' in the Toraja language. The unique feature is the burial in tombs carved into the cliffs, with balconies where dolls bearing the effigy of the deceased are placed. Each cellar, closed by a secret locking system, houses members of the same family.


The bodies are wrapped in shrouds adorned with gold, and the looting of graves is considered the most serious crime. The ritual before, during and especially after the funeral depends on the wealth of the family. However, the latter is quite difficult for us Westerners to understand. Called "Ma'nene", its purpose is to show deceased people that we still love them. Because in fact, every year in August, the inhabitants unearth the corpses, make their toilet, change the clothes and repair the bodies as best as possible.

But they don't stop there. They then hold the corpses and walk them around the village, to the place of their death. Only after that, they put them back in their grave. By doing all of this, the Torajas hope to have a good harvest the following year. Funeral rites are essential to reconcile the favors of the deceased, in particular to obtain from them a beneficial influence on agriculture.


Among the Toraja, when the drum resounds, "a fire is extinguished": someone is dying . How will the living help him succeed in his death and survival in the afterlife? Will he himself become a god or a beneficent ancestor? In the light of funeral rites, myths and beliefs, the cult of the dead in Toraja country is very complex but very fascinating.

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