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.



Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Create a free website or blog at

Up ↑

%d bloggers like this: