Culture March 02, 2020 at 03:00 pm

Exhuming and re-wrapping dead relatives every nine years, five unique customs in Madagascar you need to know

Ama Nunoo March 02, 2020 at 03:00 pm

March 02, 2020 at 03:00 pm | Culture

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Ancestors are wrapped every seven or nine years

The Madagascan custom known as “famadihana”, which literally translates “to return a deceased person’s body” is one of the biggest family gatherings aside from weddings and funerals.

With this Malagasy custom, the relatives of the deceased come together to organize a big ceremony where the body of the dead relative is exhumed and re-wrapped. This is seen as a celebration of life and parenthood.

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