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Turning Of The Bones


There’s a practice among the people of Madagascar that makes The Day of the Dead look pretty innocent. The process is referred to as “the turning of the bones,” or Famadihana.

The process involves digging up the remains of a family’s loved ones and basically having a huge party with the body. The celebration occurs about every five years, and once the body is completely decayed, they are no longer exhumed, as their spirits have finally moved on.

It seems as though going back and digging up your loved one would be pretty traumatic. For these people, at least, they keep them wrapped up most of the time.

It also seems like it would be difficult to have to have their dead body around once again. However, for people who have been practicing this their whole lives, it’s just second nature.