Topyaps Logo

Topyaps Logo Topyaps Logo Topyaps Logo Topyaps Logo

Topyaps menu

Responsive image

The Toraja Community Of Indonesia Digs Up And Honors Dead Bodies Of Relatives Every Year

Published on 22 September, 2017 at 8:00 pm By

Different communities living in different parts of the world have varying customs, festivals and ways of celebrating the dead. This is also true for traditions regarding the funerals and rituals carried out after that. But some of these are extremely peculiar and unbelievable for those who don’t follow them or know about them.


Advertisement

One of these traditions is the Ma‘nene’ ceremony, an annual festival celebrated by the Toraja community of Indonesia. Ma‘nene’ translated into English means the ceremony of cleaning corpses. The Toraja are an ethnic group of people indigenous to the mountainous region of South Sulawesi of Indonesia.

People of Toraja community dig out the coffins of the dead once every year Sijoriimages/ dailymail

 

For the celebration of Ma‘nene’ festival, the people of the Toraja community exhume the bodies of dead family members and relatives that were buried when they died. Thereafter, they bathe these bodies and dress them in new clothes. These people even dig up the bodies of dead children as a part of their customs. These mummies are then walked around the village in a straight line path. If their coffins are found damaged, they are repaired or replaced.

Dead bodies are bathed and dressed in new clothes for celebration of this annual festival Sijoriimages/ Dailymail



 

According to the beliefs of the Torajas, the spirits of the dead must return to their place of origin. Hence, if someone dies while traveling, the family of the dead will go to the place of deceased’s death and accompany him/her back to the village. This is also one reason why people of this community, in the past, feared traveling to far off places.

Even the corpses of children are exhumed Sijoriimages/ Dailymail

 

This community also practices a unique ritual when someone in their family dies. They believe that a person is not actually dead until a buffalo is sacrificed at his/her funeral. According to them, this buffalo serves as their vehicle during their entire afterlife. And until they sacrifice one for the dead, they keep dead bodies in their homes for up to several years and take care of them as if they are still alive.


Advertisement

Through the celebration of Ma‘nene’ festival, the people of the Toraja community keep their relationship with the dead alive and term this ceremony as their second funeral.


Advertisement

 

Advertisement

Latest Stories

14 Creative Photography Tricks That You Can Use To Take Amazing Pictures

14 Creative Photography Tricks That You Can Use To Take Amazing Pictures


Saif Ali Khan’s Starrer Laal Kaptaan Leaked by Piracy Website Tamilrockers

Saif Ali Khan’s Starrer Laal Kaptaan Leaked by Piracy Website Tamilrockers


Weird Advertising Slogans And Taglines Which Are Not Easy To Digest

Weird Advertising Slogans And Taglines Which Are Not Easy To Digest


Bunch of Funny Non-Veg Jokes To Feed Your Head

Bunch of Funny Non-Veg Jokes To Feed Your Head


Telugu Movie ‘Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy’ Becomes The New Victim of Tamilrockers, Leaked Online

Telugu Movie ‘Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy’ Becomes The New Victim of Tamilrockers, Leaked Online


Most Searched

More From Culture

Popular on The Web