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In Indonesia, digging up the dead is a spiritual practice
Hi ReligionUnplugged readers,
Photojournalist Garry Lotulung traveled over 17,000 miles to the Indonesian island South Sulawesi, home to the Toraja people.
Toraja means “those who are from mountains.” They’re a largely Christian people — and they practice a unique and ancient ceremony to honor their dead.
In the Ma’nene ritual, which takes place every three to five years in August, Torajans exhume the bodies of dead family members. During that process, the crypts are cleaned, and the bodies are cleaned, re-dressed and taken care of. Some will even give their family members a cigarette.
The ritual is a very spiritual and social one for the people, though it’s also become a form of tourist attraction, which critics say removes the sanctity.
The Ma’nene ritual is fascinating all the same, and today’s top story explores it in-depth.
Want to learn even more? Check out this video on our YouTube with Lotulung, who shares the emotional impact of this project and more.
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