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Famadihana






Famadihana is a funerary tradition of the Malagasy people in Madagascar. The Malagasy are the dominant ethnic group on the African island of Madagascar, comprising the vast majority of the population.

The ceremony, also known as the turning of the bones, people bring forth the bodies of their ancestors from the family crypts, rewrap the corpses in fresh cloth, and rewrite their names on the cloth so they will always be remembered. Then they dance to live music while carrying the corpses over their heads and go around the tomb before returning the corpses to the family tomb.

In most Western traditions, once a person dies, it is believed that their soul has departed. However, the Malagasy people believe the spirit can only travel into the afterlife when their body has fully rejoined the earth and their bones have turned to dust.






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