Sociology of Death: Mummifying Ancestors in Toraja, Indonesia

Family members hold up a mummy before giving it new clothes in a ritual in the Toraja district of Indonesia’s South Sulawesi Province, August 23, 2012. The ritual, called Ma’nene, involves changing the clothes of mummified ancestors every three years to honor love for the deceased. Locals believe dead family members are still with them, even if they died hundreds of years ago, a family spokesman said.

Words via Yahoo News. Image via REUTERS/Yusuf Ahmad.

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