How a one million strong tribe keep their dead relatives at home, feeding and cuddling their rotting

Discussion in 'Religion and Spirituality' started by fan27, Feb 21, 2019.

  1. fan27


    In a mountainous area of Indonesia, the Toraja people mummify the bodies of the deceased and care for their preserved bodies as though they are still living.

    There are around one million Torajan people, most of whom live in the South Sulawesi region, who believe that after death the soul remains in the house so the dead are treated to food, clothing, water, cigarettes.

    Their skin and flesh are preserved from decaying and rotting - which begins within days of death - by a coating of a chemical solution called formalin, which is a mixture of formaldehyde and water.

    The stench is strong, so the family will store lots of dried plants beside the body to mask the odour....

    See pics at link:
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  2. vanzandt


    That is f'n gross.
  3. eurusdzn


    "Almost as shocking, worldwide, some believe they can become rich trading stocks and lose their money".
    I'd prefer dead relatives in the easy chair than to lose it all.