Families in the Indonesian province of Toraja in South Sulawesi, do an annual ritual where villagers dig up the bodies of their dead relatives before washing, grooming and dressing them up in fancy new clothes, perform the act to keep their relatives alive in their hearts and minds.
Damaged coffins are fixed or replaced before the mummies are walked around the area by following a path of straight lines during the ritual, called Ma’nene, or The Ceremony of Cleaning Corpses.
The names of their relatives cleaned are
The body of L Sarungu, an army veteran who has been dead for 10 years
The bodies of Ne’Tampo during the Ma’nene ritual
The body of Ne ‘Dandan to be cleaned
T the bodies of Paulus Sampe Lumba and Yakob Tandi Tondon
The body of Paul Sampe Lumba, who has been dead for seven years
Late loved ones are tended at home for weeks, months, or even years after death and funerals are often delayed to gather relatives.
Death isn’t seen as a final event by the tribe and the funeral ritual is also most elaborate and expensive event.