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Photo of a real-life zombie?

Nope. But still interesting.

This is a photo of one of the ‘zombies of Toraja’. Toraja is small Indonesian village whose funeral practices include the belief that certain magical persons can make the dead walk again. This is considered a benefit as funerals are often expensive. There is often a lengthy gap between an individual’s death and their formal burial. They are often placed in a temporary grave. Once the proper funeral arrangements have been made, the corpse can be raised and made to walk to it’s final resting place.

This is a photo from the ritual, where a corpse has been posed before it’s “walk” to it’s new grave. A lot of people are sharing it (like this FearNet article) and claiming it’s proof of IRL zombies. It’s not. But it does show a very interesting and unique funeral practice. And that, to me, is more interesting than zombies.

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