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INDONESIA - AUGUST 26: Herman Tandi (32) combs the hair of his grandparents Jesaya Tandibua' (left) and Yakolina Namanda during the Ma'nene ritual at Panggala Village on August 26, 2016 in Toraja, Indonesia. The Ma'nene ritual in performed during a ceremony every three years, where the dead are exhumed for a change of clothes, among the people of Toraja as an expression of the love of the surviving family. PHOTOGRAPH BY Sijori Images / Barcroft

DRESSED IN PEACE Indonesian villagers dig up dead relatives and give them makeovers in spooky three year ritual

WT24 Desk

VILLAGERS show their love for dead relatives by digging them up and dressing them in fresh clothes for a bizarre ritual, The Sun reports. The skeletons of Jesaya Tandibua and Yakolina Namanda had hair brushed by grandson Herman Tandi, 32, after they were decked out in wedding outfits.

Nearby an army veteran, dead for a decade, was dressed in uniform for the Ma’nene ritual, or Ceremony of Cleaning Corpses, which takes place in Toraja, Indonesia, every three years.Villagers follow an ancient belief system which says a person’s spirit must return to their place of origin.

The morgue go back, the merrier.

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