The “Famadihana” literally means “the turning of the bodies” and is a Malagasy tradition not only to celebrate life and kinship but also help. The Malagasy people of Madagascar have built a way of life around death – during the dry winter months, famadihana ceremonies, known as “the turning of the. Famadihana: Madagascar: Daily life and social customs: aside from burial, is the famadihana, in which the bones of the ancestors are removed from the family .

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Famadihaana you continue to use this site we will assume that you are happy with it. Unearthing the dead in Madagascar Madagascar is high on my list. Oh gosh, this is fascinating experience.

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Are they not too decomposed? CNN In the rolling hills of Madagascar’s central highlandsthe Merina tribe exhumes the remains of their ancestors for a celebration-cum-family reunion.


You may offend the spirits floating about, between one world and another.

Some of the images may have been taken from the Internet. Early missionaries discouraged the practice and Evangelical Christian Malagasy have abandoned famadinana practice in increasing numbers. Animals are sacrificed during the ritual and the meat is distributed to guests and family members, and the community elders explain the importance of the ritual to the younger generations of the Malagasy people.

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This bar is located on famadiihana Sunland Farm in South Africa. You truly saw their culture on such a day as Halloween. The bodies are buried alongside gifts of money and alcohol and placed upside down to close the cycle of life and death. This is famadihanathe turning of the bones. In Madagascar this became a regular ritual usually once every seven years, and the custom brings together extended families in celebrations of kinship, sometimes even those with troubled relations.

Just before the sun sets, the bodies are famaddihana returned to the tomb and turned upside down. The dead enter the realm of the spirits.

Turning of the bones and the Madagascar dance with the dead | Ancient Origins

However, the dead do not move on to the next life immediately and in fact remain in the land of the living until their bodies have completely decomposed.


The core spiritual belief of the Malagasy is in the power of their ancestors. For more on Madagascar’s customs and beliefs, check out our comprehensive guide: Many ethnic groups in Madagascar practice a fusion of Christianity and traditional beliefs, yet they do not believe in heaven or hell. Lines and paragraphs break automatically.

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Fammadihana and Culture of their Own. A lovely old lady, who insisted to have her pic taken and was never happy with the result.

It really does show how differently the dead are treated around the world.

To accept cookies from this site, please click the Allow Cookies button below. And now, to limit the possibility of the disease spreading through famadihana, Madagascar is requiring that plague victims be buried in anonymous mausoleums, not in tombs that can be reopened.

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