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Because the funeral arrangements are so expensive, a body is sometimes placed in a temporary coffin.  During this time, the family accumulates the necessary funds to pay for a proper funeral. Once the funds are raised, so is the dead.  The Toraja genuinely believe that the dead are able to walk themselves to their new burial site. What we are seeing depicted in the picture is that the somewhat mummified corpse is removed from its temporary coffin and transported upright to the permanent…

Because the funeral arrangements are so expensive, a body is sometimes placed in a temporary coffin. During this time, the family accumulates the necessary funds to pay for a proper funeral. Once the funds are raised, so is the dead. The Toraja genuinely believe that the dead are able to walk themselves to their new burial site. What we are seeing depicted in the picture is that the somewhat mummified corpse is removed from its temporary coffin and transported upright to the permanent…

'The Day of the Dead is celebrated at the beginning of November. Families welcome the souls of the deceased by laying petals, candles and offerings inside and outside their homes and all the way to their local cemeteries. It is believed that the dead are capable of bringing prosperity – an abundant maize harvest – or misfortune – illness, accidents, financial difficulties – upon their families depending on how satisfactorily these rituals are executed'

'The Day of the Dead is celebrated at the beginning of November. Families welcome the souls of the deceased by laying petals, candles and offerings inside and outside their homes and all the way to their local cemeteries. It is believed that the dead are capable of bringing prosperity – an abundant maize harvest – or misfortune – illness, accidents, financial difficulties – upon their families depending on how satisfactorily these rituals are executed'

Tools for the "Opening of the Mouth" ceremony. This rite reanimated the deceased or animated a statue so that it could eat, breathe, see and hear. 2465–2150 B.C. Egypt

Tools for the "Opening of the Mouth" ceremony. This rite reanimated the deceased or animated a statue so that it could eat, breathe, see and hear. 2465–2150 B.C. Egypt

Aseki Smoked Body of the Dead. Papua New Guinea

Aseki Smoked Body of the Dead. Papua New Guinea

A bejeweled mummy dressed in Roman robes has emerged from the sands of Egypt's Bahariya Oasis. Entombed in a decorated gypsum sarcophagus, the 38-inch tall mummy belonged to a woman or girl who died in the Greco-Roman period about 2,300 years ago. Unearthed in a rock-hewn tomb at a modern construction site near the town of Bawiti, in Bahariya Oasis, some 185 miles southwest of Cairo, the mummy points to the existence of a large Greco-Roman necropolis nearby.

A bejeweled mummy dressed in Roman robes has emerged from the sands of Egypt's Bahariya Oasis. Entombed in a decorated gypsum sarcophagus, the 38-inch tall mummy belonged to a woman or girl who died in the Greco-Roman period about 2,300 years ago. Unearthed in a rock-hewn tomb at a modern construction site near the town of Bawiti, in Bahariya Oasis, some 185 miles southwest of Cairo, the mummy points to the existence of a large Greco-Roman necropolis nearby.

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