Inside the village of the dead where the living dig up their relatives as part of bizarre ritual
THESE images show a unique insight into the village where the living dig up their dead relatives to clean their bones and to dress them up.
The dead can even remain in homes for decades until the family throw a huge party in their honour.
The corpses are treated as “sick” until they finally find peace after funeral rites known as “Rambu Solo”.
The bizarre ritual was pictured in South Sulawesi, Indonesia, where even buried relatives are taken out of their coffins for new outfits and a bone polish.
The images – taken by photographer Claudio Sieber – show dead relatives at lunch with family members as part of their Ma’nene ceremony.
They also show the corpses in clothes, with glasses on and smoking.
Photographer Claudio Sieber, who spent three weeks with the Torajans, said: “The Torajans seem to have found a way to maintain their exclusive death cult surpassing some nine centuries, despite the increasing influence of world religions and the dashing modernization.
“For the Torajans, keeping their deceased at home for a good, extraordinary ceremonial parties and even exhumation is a greater way to honour their beloved ones.
“Ma’Nene, the care of ancestors, is all about remembering those who have passed away.
“During the event the Torajan families clean the corpses of their loved ones, and in some areas they even change their outfit and make fun with them.”
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