Dance With the Dead


Preparing bones for Famadihana
Preparing bones for Famadihana

In some parts of Madagascar, burying a loved one does not necessarily mean that’s the last you see of that person.

The Malagasy tradition of Famadihana, known as the turning of the bones, calls for regular digging up of the dead in order to change their clothes, walk them around the village, and dance with their surviving loved ones. The corpses are then swaddled in clean blankets and put back to rest until the next family reunion.

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