You will concur with me that a large portion of us don’t care to think or discuss passing, however there is a clan of individuals who do. In the Toraja district of Sulawesi, in Indonesia, the dead are a consistent piece of everyday life.
After someone dies, it may be months, sometimes years, before a funeral takes place. In the meantime, the families keep their bodies in the house and care for them as if they were sick.
They are brought food, drink, and cigarettes twice a day. They are washed and have their clothes changed regularly. The dead even have a bowl in the corner of the room as their “toilet”.
Furthermore, the deceased are never left on their own and the lights are always left on for them when it gets dark. The families worry that if they don’t take care of the corpses properly, the spirits of their departed loved ones will give them trouble.
Rather than burying their loved ones and leaving them there, in Indonesia, the Toraja people exhume the corpses of their fellow villagers.
The corpse is dressed in special garments and paraded around the village while special care is taken to clean the body, the corpse’s garments, and the coffin.
If someone’s death took place outside the village, the corpse will be taken to the spot of death before being walked back to the village as an act of returning home.