Every culture has their different ways of showing respect to their dead. One village called Toraja in South Sulawesi, Indonesia takes customs and practices involving respect to the dead a little further than most. Once a year, they literally dig up their dead in order to wash and groom the remains and dress them in new clothes. During this celebration they then parade the newly stylized deceased through their village following straight paths. According to their beliefs if someone were to die while traveling, their remains must return to their origins. Because of this belief, few people were willing to travel far from the village in fear that they might pass away and be unable to return home.
We might not understand this tradition, but it is sweet in its own way. Personally, I would hate if one of my children died and I had to re-bury them year after year. Maybe practicing this type of respect to the dead allows them to feel close to their dead and make them a real part of their lives.
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