Famadihana

Every seven years the Malagasy people dig up their dead relatives

Every seven years a the Malagasy people dig up their dead relatives and parade their decaying bodies around the streets.


Famadihana is a funeral tradition of the Malagasy tribe of Madagascar. They believe that one does not complete their journey to the afterlife until their body is completely decomposed. So until then every few years they disinter the bodies of loved ones, wrap them in fine silk during this ritual known as ‘the turning of the bones’ in which there is dancing and music and people write their names on the cloth in rememberance.

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