Analysis Of A Sacred Ritual In Famadihana, Madagascar

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This article focuses on a sacred ritual in Famadihana, Madagascar that allows families to remove their ancestors from the ground every five to seven years, and basically give them an entire new burial all over again. In Madagascar, there are two classes in society; the living and nonliving and they both are essentially celebrated. Guests travel long distances for a sacred ritual as a special occasion where they either bring alcohol or money to lay alongside the corpse after they are returned to the tomb to represent the ending of the cycle of life and death. Although the deceased body has decomposed a significant amount, it actually makes the ritual even more special. The family members take the corpse off of a shelf and remove the deceased
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