In The World’s Creepiest Festival They Dig Up The Dead And Give Them Makeovers.
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The death of a loved one is never easy. Realizing that the person who has been part of your life for so long is no longer going to be there to talk to, laugh, cry, and even argue with is hard to accept.
Psychologists say people go through five stages of grief; denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. Each phase does not happen in a linear order. A person’s culture also plays a part in how you come to understand and deal with death.
In some parts of the world, funerals are filled with music, dancing, a celebration of this life and its continuation to the other world. A contrast to the black wardrobe-wearing and sorrowful funerals in North America. Other parts of the world never quite let go of the deceased, instead including them in their everyday lives.
In the remote South Sulawesi, Indonesia, the Torajan cultural group view death differently.
The death of the body is part of a journey.
Torajan don't bury the dead right away, taking weeks, months, even years before giving a proper funeral.
The bodies are washed with formaldehyde and water in order to preserve them.
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