In This Island Living With Dead Bodies For Weeks Or Even Years Is A Tradition!

In Indonesia, there is an Island called Sulawesi, the people which live in Sulawesi are called Torajan, and these people believe that a person is not truly deceased until a water buffalo has been sacrificed at their funeral. The water buffalo is claimed to serve the deceased to the afterlife.

But not all families are able to pay for a water buffalo directly – and some even don’t want to. It is not rare in Sulawesi to keep deceased people for years in their homes.

Some Torajans continue their relationship with the dead through a ma’nene’ ceremony, a type of “second funeral” in which families bring out their ancestors every few years and change their clothes and clean their bodies and crypts.