Real Life Zombies?
Now here at social pariah we love zombies, their flesh eating, brain munching antics are just too damn cute, whats not to love. But Zombies are the stuff of fiction, right ? Well the Ceremony of Cleansing Corpses or Ma'nene which takes place in Toraja, Indonesia may be closest thing to the real Zombies. Villagers believe according to the ancient Torajan system, that the spirit of a dead person must return to his village of origin,so every three years the bodies of dead relatives are dug up, the bodies are then cleaned and dressed in new clothes before being walked round following straight lines. The death of a loved one is here is not final short goodbye like here in the west,deceased loved ones can be tended at home for weeks, months, even years. Funerals are often delayed to allow far flung relatives to attend and some funeral ceremonies can even last up to a week. Torajans believe that people aren’t really dead when they die and that a human connection lasts well past death. So putting aside the brain munching zombies that are portrayed in Hollywood, it seems like the real life Zombies are actually part of a caring tradition possibly dating back to 9th Century AD which keeps deceased loved ones as part of the family,and shows that death doesn't always mean goodbye.