A Family Affair: Truly Revisiting the Dead
The “turning of the bones,” or famadihana, is a funerary ritual of the Malagasy people in Madagascar. On the fifth, seventh or ninth anniversary of a death, family members uncover the remains of dead loved ones, rewrap them and celebrate together with a feast and dancing. The event is often larger than a wedding or a funeral and everyone is expected to attend. Mind you, this is no morbid encounter. It’s a chance to come together and express joy for the future.
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