Madagascar’s Macabre Dance of the Dead [Gallery] Mike Richard May 15, 2012 Culture, Madagascar, Photography, What We're Reading 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). Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Name* Email* Website Let\'s Make Sure You\'re Human ... *Time limit is exhausted. Please reload CAPTCHA. + = 15 Comment Notify me of followup comments via e-mail. You can also subscribe without commenting.