The old mantra of let the dead rest in peace seems lost on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi.For every three years, in a bizarre ritual which dates back hundreds of years, islanders pay respects to deceased relatives by digging them up, cleaning their corpses and dressing them in their favourite clothes.
It may look like a scene from a post apocalyptic zombie movie but for the Torajan people, an ethnic group indigenous to the mountainous region of Tana Toraja, the Ma'nene festival is a celebration of life.
The Ma'nene festival began in the village of Baruppu more than a century ago, photographer Agung Parameswara, who took these haunting pictures, told MailOnline.
The Torajan told him a story of how an animal hunter named Pong Rumasek was hunting in the mountains when he found a corpse abandoned, decaying, under a tree.
Rumasek dressed the corpse in his own clothes and gave him a proper burial, and believed he was blessed with good fortune.
The practice was adopted by the Toraja, who believed the spirits would reward them for taking care of the dead.
The Ma'nene festival, which translates to 'the Ceremony of Cleaning Corpses', see the dead exhumed, groomed and dressed in fashionable new clothes. Read it all here...............
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