Indonesia: Toraja residents exhume dead loved ones yearly to celebrate [photos]
Residents of Toraja in Indonesia take their deceased loved ones out of graves annually to celebrate with them.
During the festival, which is known as ma’nene, the dead are taken out of their coffins, cleaned and given a new set of clothes.
Relatives from far and wide come to celebrate ma’nene, feasting, swapping stories and honouring the deceased.
Food, water and even cigarettes are offered to the dead, because it is believed the spirit remains near the body and craves care.
It is gathered, that the Toraja residents use preservatives to retain the corpses like the Egyptian mummies.