Cleaning the Dead
In Indonesia, it is fairly common for ancestors of a passed loved one to dig up the body. But why?
Respect for the Elderly: New Extremes
We have heard making a body look good before it is put in the ground, but digging it up from time to time to re-dress it, clean it up, and tidy up the casket seems a bit excessive.
These corpses get the first class spa treatment, consisting of a cleaning, grooming, and new pair of clothes for their return trip to the six feet under.
Come, Come Everyone!
It does not matter the age of the person when they became deceased, as you can see even children are exhumed and treated with respect.
Keep the Spirits Around
This particular Indonesian tradition stems from the notion that the spirits of the dead can, and should, remain around the town where they lived. They are simply encouraging these spirits’ participation.
Toraja: The Hub of the Tradition
In particular, an Indonesian village called Toraja engages in this ritual more than any other. In this village the death ritual is considered more important than even marriage.
Not Much Work to Be Done
After years of decay, how much grooming could be required of these mostly hair-less corpses? Well, imagine how they would look if they had not been keeping them young all of these years.
Flaunt it if You Got It
This woman has a head of hair that many men and women would be enviable of, and she looks like she has been dead for centuries!
Don’t Fear the Reaper
Look at how comfortable this boy is handling the dead body of what is presumably his past relative. This tradition certainly is a way to remember loved ones in an intimate way.