A remote tribe in Indonesia celebrates a yearly tradition by digging up their family’s corpses so they could light up cigarettes for them.
Images that were shared with the public shows family members from the tribe holding up corpses of their family members.
Not only that, but they also put cigarettes in the mouths of the corpses.
The rituals that they do are carried out in order to obtain good fortune.
This happens every year within the Toraja Tribe, who could be found living in South Sulawesi.
Corpses are dressed up with bandanas and caps as they put cigs in their mouths.
The tribe, which consists of around 1 million people, believe that the soul still lives in their house after a death. They also believe that the body is treated to clothes, food, water, and cigarettes.
Bodies are kept at their houses for months and will be fed 3 to 4 times per day and are wrapped in blankets as they sleep.
Pictures that were captured by Hariandi Hafid, a photojournalist, said that the ritual, which is known “Manene” happens every couple of years.
It is usually carried out at around July, August, and September.
The bodies are exhumed and cleaned.
The tribe believes that death is part of the soul’s journey through the universe.
Corpses stay in the house of their family for decades until the family throws out a huge party in their owner.
Villagers of the tribe treat the dead as sick until they find peace after funeral rites, which they call “Rambu Solo”.
The people of the tribe did not believe in clinically dead, instead, they believe that a person dies after Rambu Solo.
Because the funeral ritual of Rambu Solo is expensive, some family members take years or even decades to carry it out.
The ritual involves the sacrifice of a buffalo or a cow, which is pretty expensive in Indonesia.