mummies weren’t already dead, they’d be dressed to kill.
That’s because they’ve been dug up as part of a bizarre local ritual in a village in Indonesia that involves giving decomposed corpses a new look.
Family members of the deceased exhuming their ancestors’ bodies and change their clothes as a way of remembering them. They then walk the dead around the village, almost like zombies
A family member touches the preserved body of his relative during a traditional ritual called Ma’nene in Tana Toraja, Sulawesi island, Indonesia
The ritual, called Ma’nene, happens every three years to honour the villagers’ love for the deceased. It is carried out in the Toraja district of Indonesia’s South Sulawesi Province.
Locals believe dead family members are still with them, even if they died hundreds of years ago, a family spokesman said.
Dressing down: Family members carry a coffin containing the preserved body of their relative after putting a new set of clothing on it
Lively tie: This family remember their loved one by digging up his grave every three years
The ritual is held once every few years when family members gather to clean the graves and change the clothes of their deceased relatives to honor their spirits
Villagers bind cloth rolls containing bodies in front of a stone grave called Liang
Glad rags: Locals believe dead family members are still with them, even if they died hundreds of years ago
An elderly woman stands in front of the graves where her family members are buried
Coffins containing mummies are seen in a grave house called Patane during the ritual