|They open the coffins, let the corpses dry out then wash them, groom them and dress them up before walking with them through the village (Picture: Caters)|
They then wash, groom and dress them up before walking with them for good harvest.
|They dig up the corpse of their relatives and friends (Picture: Caters)|
Even the bodies of babies and children are dug up to celebrate the ritual that last for three days.
|They then wash, groom and dress them up before walking with them for a good harvest (Picture: Caters)|
The families open the coffins and let the bodies dry for sometime.
After that, they wash, groom and dress up the mummies in new fancy clothes and take them for a walk through the village in straight lines in much zombie-like fashion.
They reunite with them in an annual celebration called Ma’nene (Picture: Caters)
All this is done while smiling from ear-to-ear because crying and mourning is prohibited.
‘It is our way of respecting the dead. There is no mourning. It is a moment of joy for us because we reunite with our dead relatives.
‘We try to honour them and in return get their blessings for good harvest,’ said one of the villagers.
After the walk, the villagers sacrifice buffaloes and pigs as an offering for the dead’s free walk to heaven.
The bizarre tradition had started centuries ago when an animal hunter had found a decaying corpse but dressed him in his shirt and gave him a proper burial. He believed after the burial he was blessed with good fortune.
|The families open the coffins and let the bodies dry for sometime (Picture: Caters)|
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