What's Hiding In This Hollow Tree Is Strange Yet Beautiful

What's Hiding In This Hollow Tree Is Strange Yet Beautiful
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The dead lives in our heart and mind. But, the Indonesian people believe that the deceased continue to walk the earth in a factual, zombie-like fashion. Families in Toraja, South Sulawesi, bury the dead bodies of their relatives before cleaning, washing, and dressing them in a very attractive manner according to their tradition.

Even the infants are dug up, the body of the infants are swaddled in a printed dress, and a doll is laid next to it.

The damaged casket is fixed or recovered, and the dead bodies are then walked around the area by a straight path.

The custom is called Ma'nene, or the ceremony of cleaning deceased.

According to the ancient Torajan conviction system, the spirit of the deceased must return to his village of motive.

In the previous time, people are afraid to travel so far, in case they drown while they were away and were incapable to come to their village.

People are stored in this amazingly build holes in the mountains.

People are stored in this amazingly build holes in the mountains.

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After some time, the dead body of the person is kept out and is dressed well.

After some time, the dead body of the person is kept out and is dressed well.
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Dolls of the the dead people are kept outside in the mountains.

Dolls of the the dead people are kept outside in the mountains.
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These are the stands that are build for the dead people in the mountains.

These are the stands that are build for the dead people in the mountains.
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The dolls are dressed well.

The dolls are dressed well.
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For infants, inside the tree, holes are made and people believe that those infants will get energy from the trees.

For infants, inside the tree, holes are made and people believe that those infants will get energy from the trees.
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The deceased are cleaned, groomed and washed.

The deceased are cleaned, groomed and washed.
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The people of the village dress the dead bodies according to there tradition.

The people of the village dress the dead bodies according to there tradition.
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This is how it looks when the work is done.

This is how it looks when the work is done.
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The relatives of deceased are responsible to get them dressed.

The relatives of deceased are responsible to get them dressed.
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Most of the tourist come here to see the funeral.

Most of the tourist come here to see the funeral.
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