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「淨屍節」- 印尼托拉查人緬懷親人的’馬聶聶’奇特習俗。

‘鬼節’,’活死人祭’,或’淨屍節’是馬聶聶的許多名稱,每三年在印尼南蘇拉威西島的托拉查舉行(Tana Toraja in South Sulawesi, Indonesia)。在這個節日,家屬將死去的親人木乃伊化的遺體由墓陵請出來淨屍、換上新衣、團聚。根據古老的民間傳說,屍體有行走的能力,所以也有趕屍一稱。 Continue reading

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The Ma’nene Ceremony of the Torajans in South Sulawesi – When Death Is Not the Last Good Bye

The Ma’nene Ceremony in Tana Toraja, South Sulawesi, Indonesia, is one of the most peculiar rituals on earth. The Ma’nene Ceremony  takes place once every three years, during which the mummified, dead family members and the live family members meet and reunite.  

The ceremony is also known as the “Walking Dead Ceremony” because many articles that have been published mention that the corpses are paraded around the village, and hence are seen as “walking”.  Folklore also has it that if someone died afar, the corpse is made to “walk” home under a spell. However, my guide is not too happy about the the term “walking dead” as he says that it’s an exaggeration, so I guess it all depends on what you want to believe.  Continue reading

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