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Yusuf Ahmad 2012

Yusuf Ahmad 2012

A family member cleans up a mummy with a brush before giving her a change of clothes, this ritual happens once every three years.  

The dead get dressed up as part of the Ma’nene Ritual in Indonesia, during the traditional ritual, family members dig up their dead loved ones and dress them up in a brand new set of clothing.  This ritual held once every three years is a chance for relatives to honour the spirits of their mummified ancestors.

The people of Toraja district believe the  Ma’nene ritual is a way of paying respect to the dead.  After the mummies are dressed up in their new clothes, they are put back in their freshly cleaned coffins and returned to their graves.

Toraja people believe the spirits of their dead stay around long after their ancestors pass away.


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