Madagascar’s Macabre Dance of the Dead [Gallery]

Although the family may shed some tears over the remains of their loved ones, crying soon turns to smiles.

It’s a little like a party, but one where the guests of honor are corpses. There is a definite festive atmosphere in the crowd as the tomb is opened. By the light of candles, close relatives enter the dark, earthy-smelling crypt to retrieve the remains of their ancestors. The dead emerge wearing their shrouds, known as lambas, and are laid out on the ground ready to be unwrapped ”” the bones lovingly cleaned, and the remains rewrapped in their new burial cloths, ready to join in the celebrations.

Check out the entire gallery of Madagascar’s Macabre Dance of the Dead (via Environmental Graffiti).

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Mike Richard has traveled the world extensively since 2008. He's camped in the Jordanian desert with Bedouins, tracked African wild dogs in South Africa, and survived a near-miss shark attack in Mexico. He loves the great outdoors, good bourbon, and he (usually) calls Massachusetts home. He also enjoys speaking in the third person.

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