You may like your new yam festival or masquerade festival, but in Indonesia there is a tribe that loves a special festival which ‘re-unites’ them with their dead loved ones. It is called the Festival of the Walking Dead.
A tribe in Indonesian has held a festival of the walking dead in which they dig up the corpses of their relatives and friends.
They then wash, groom and dress them up before walking with them for good harvest.
Every year, families in Toraja in the highlands of South Sulawesi, exhume the bodies of their dead relatives and friends to reunite with them in an annual celebration called Ma’nene.
Even the bodies of babies and children are dug up to celebrate the ritual that last for three days.
The families open the coffins and let the bodies dry for sometime.
After that, they wash, groom and dress up the mummies in new fancy clothes and take them for a walk through the village in straight lines in much zombie-like fashion.
After the walk, the villagers sacrifice buffaloes and pigs as an offering for the dead’s free walk to heaven.
The bizarre tradition had started centuries ago when an animal hunter had found a decaying corpse but dressed him in his shirt and gave him a proper burial. He believed after the burial he was blessed with good fortune.