From National Geographic
Photograph by Yusuf Ahmad, Reuters
Family members hold up a mummy before giving it new clothes during a ritual in the Toraja district of Indonesia's South Sulawesi Province on August 23.
The ritual, called Ma’nene, involves changing the clothes of mummified ancestors every three years to honor the deceased. Locals believe dead family members are still with them, even if they died hundreds of years ago, a family spokesperson told Reuters.
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Why We Love It
"The family members appear so comfortable and at ease beside their long-lost relative, who doesn’t look half bad for his age. This image is a great example of how a ritual that may seem shocking and even frightening to some is merely a tradition for others."—Ben Fitch, associate photo editor