I’m still bummed-out over the passing of Anthony Bourdain. There are some Tony-was-murdered-conspiracy-theories floating around, and even though I love conspiracy theories, I haven’t been able to even look into those because I’m still wrapping my head around his suicide. CNN has been airing the last episodes of Parts Unknown Bourdain completed before his death, and last night’s visit to Indonesia was a great episode for October even if it was pretty spooky to listen to Bourdain joking about being dead.
See, Indonesian culture is very mystical and nearly everyone regardless of religious background believes in the existence of an afterlife. Because of this the culture has a much more open and accepting relationship to death and the dead than we do in the West. In fact, we’d probably find it kind of scary.
Getting into some upcoming scary posts for October, here’s a great video about the a tradition among the Toraja — an ethnic minority living in southern Indonesia:
These people in Indonesia dig up their dead every year or so and redress them, bathe them and groom them and then on top of that they walk the dead through town back to the caskets to be reburied. Some say the bodies actually walk and stand due to black magic being preformed.
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