The Ceremony of Cleaning Corpses’ is practiced in South Sulawesi, Indonesia every few years. During the ceremony, the dead bodies of ancestors are washed, groomed and dressed in new clothes.
In Indonesia, the dead bodies are not buried in the ground. Rather they are kept in the caves to access them at the time of the ceremony. Read the story to know more about the rituals performed by the Indonesians with the corpses.
Ritual is called Ma’nene or The Ceremony of Cleaning Corpses.Bodies are taken to the place where they died and drew back to the village in straight lines.
In Toraja society, death rituals are considered very significant just like births and marriages. The bodies of dead relatives are dressed in fancy new clothes on the ceremony.
Indonesians believe that the dead live in their hearts and minds. In a territory of Indonesia, the dead turned into a zombie and started walking in an insane manner.
The people of Indonesia believe that the soul of their ancestors must return to the villages.
In the past people were frightened to go on a long journey because in case if they die, then the relatives of the deceased need to bring him back to the village.
The only good thing about the ceremony is that the coffins are also cleaned during the ceremony.