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January 22, 2017; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons cheerleaders take a picture in the confetti after the game against the Green Bay Packers in the 2017 NFC Championship Game at the Georgia Dome. Atlanta defeated Green Bay 44-21. (Photo by Jason Getz/USA TODAY Sports)

January 22, 2017; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons cheerleaders take a picture in the confetti after the game against the Green Bay Packers in the 2017 NFC Championship Game at the Georgia Dome. Atlanta defeated Green Bay 44-21. (Photo by Jason Getz/USA TODAY Sports)
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28 Jan 2017 06:52:00
An Oakland Raiders cheerleader performs during an NFL preseason football game against the Detroit Lions in Oakland, Calif., Friday, August 15, 2014. (Photo by Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP Photo)

An Oakland Raiders cheerleader performs during an NFL preseason football game against the Detroit Lions in Oakland, Calif., Friday, August 15, 2014. (Photo by Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP Photo)
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29 Sep 2014 10:15:00
A relative (L) of Champa Devi, 88, sits next to her body, minutes after her death at Mukti Bhavan (Salvation House) at Varanasi, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, June 21, 2014. (Photo by Danish Siddiqui/Reuters)

A relative (L) of Champa Devi, 88, sits next to her body, minutes after her death at Mukti Bhavan (Salvation House) at Varanasi, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, June 21, 2014. The city of Varanasi, on the banks of the River Ganges, is widely considered Hinduism's holiest city and many Hindus believe that dying there and having their remains scattered in the Ganges allows their soul to escape a cycle of death and rebirth, attaining “moksha” or salvation. “Mukti Bhavan” or “Salvation House”, is a charity-run hostel that caters for people who wish to come to Varanasi to die. Guests can normally stay up to two weeks after which, if they haven't yet passed away, they are gently asked to leave. (Photo by Danish Siddiqui/Reuters)
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24 Jul 2014 12:32:00
It is said that Torajans are people who “live to die”. For this Indonesian ethnic group, funerals are such extravagant events that they sometimes attract tourists. Families can postpone burials years (and the deceased are considered sick and hosted at home until the funeral) until the family can raise enough money and gather as many relatives as possible. And then it’s a jubilant multiday social event with a parade, dances and animal sacrifices. Agung Parameswara photographed these funerary practices when he traveled to South Sulawesi province, where the Torajans live. But often, their funeral isn’t the last time the dead are seen. In August, crypts are opened, coffins are slid back out and bodies delicately unsheathed. This tender ritual is known as Ma’Nene, which is customarily performed every few years. (Photo by Agung Parameswara/The Washington Post)

It is said that Torajans are people who “live to die”. For this Indonesian ethnic group, funerals are such extravagant events that they sometimes attract tourists. Families can postpone burials years (and the deceased are considered sick and hosted at home until the funeral) until the family can raise enough money and gather as many relatives as possible. And then it’s a jubilant multiday social event with a parade, dances and animal sacrifices. Agung Parameswara photographed these funerary practices when he traveled to South Sulawesi province, where the Torajans live. (Photo by Agung Parameswara/The Washington Post)
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06 Oct 2016 09:15:00
An Oakland Raiders cheerleader performs during the second half of an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, October 27, 2013. (Photo by Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP Photo)

An Oakland Raiders cheerleader performs during the second half of an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, October 27, 2013. (Photo by Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP Photo)
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29 Aug 2014 12:06:00
Denver Broncos cheerleaders during the third quarter. The Denver Broncos played the Kansas City Chiefs at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver, Colo. on September 14, 2014. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

Denver Broncos cheerleaders during the third quarter. The Denver Broncos played the Kansas City Chiefs at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver, Colo. on September 14, 2014. (Photo by Aaron Ontiveroz/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
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17 Sep 2014 12:57:00
A Tampa Bay Buccaneers cheerleader during the second quarter of an NFL preseason football game against the Cleveland Browns Friday, August 26, 2016, in Tampa, Fla. (Photo by Jason Behnken/AP Photo)

A Tampa Bay Buccaneers cheerleader during the second quarter of an NFL preseason football game against the Cleveland Browns Friday, August 26, 2016, in Tampa, Fla. (Photo by Jason Behnken/AP Photo)
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17 Oct 2016 10:15:00
Rutgers Scarlet Knights cheerleaders perform during a game against the Connecticut Huskies at High Point Solutions Stadium on October 6, 2012 in Piscataway, New Jersey. Rutgers defeated Connecticut 19-3. (Photo by Rich Schultz)

Rutgers Scarlet Knights cheerleaders perform during a game against the Connecticut Huskies at High Point Solutions Stadium on October 6, 2012 in Piscataway, New Jersey. Rutgers defeated Connecticut 19-3. (Photo by Rich Schultz)
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16 Oct 2012 10:59:00