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Zombie chic: Life and Death in Tana Toraja, Indonesia

The Toraja people are indigenous to the mountains of South Sulawesi, in the country of Indonesia Families in Toraja in South Sulawesi dig up the bodies of their dead relatives before washing, grooming and dressing them in fancy new clothes, 

When someone passes away, weeks and sometimes even months pass between death and funeral as all the relatives have to gather from far-flung areas.

  People Live With Their Families Even After They Die In This Indonesian Village

They strongly believe ”the dead live on in our hearts and minds – but in one Indonesian province, the deceased continue to walk the earth in a rather more literal, zombie-like fashion.” 

 

People Live With Their Families Even After They Die In This Indonesian Village

So if a person died on a journey, the family would go to the place of death and accompany the deceased back home by walking them back to the village.  

 

People Live With Their Families Even After They Die In This Indonesian Village

According to the ancient Torajan belief system, the spirit of a dead person must return to his village of origin. VIA – dailymail.co.uk.

These people follow the belief that people aren't really dead even when they die. They also say that a profound human connection lasts well past death!

These people follow the belief that people aren’t really dead even when they die. They also say that a profound human connection lasts well past death!

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