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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
A pro-abortion activist wearing a poncho with an illustration of a woman in jail, demonstrates to demand the decriminalization of abortion in Mexico City, Mexico September 28, 2016. (Photo by Carlos Jasso/Reuters)

A pro-abortion activist wearing a poncho with an illustration of a woman in jail, demonstrates to demand the decriminalization of abortion in Mexico City, Mexico September 28, 2016. (Photo by Carlos Jasso/Reuters)
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01 Oct 2016 11:22:00
A fishmonger carries a shark on his motorcycle in Padang, West Sumatra, Indonesia August 25, 2016. (Photo by Iggoy el Fitra/Reuters/Antara Foto)

A fishmonger carries a shark on his motorcycle in Padang, West Sumatra, Indonesia August 25, 2016. (Photo by Iggoy el Fitra/Reuters/Antara Foto)
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10 Sep 2016 09:10:00
Relatives clean the body of Paul Sampe Lumba who has been dead for seven yeas during the Ma'nene ritual at Panggala Village on August 26, 2016 in Toraja, Indonesia. (Photo by Sijori Images/Barcroft Images)

Relatives clean the body of Paul Sampe Lumba who has been dead for seven yeas during the Ma'nene ritual at Panggala Village on August 26, 2016 in Toraja, Indonesia. The Ma'nene ritual in performed during a ceremony every three years, where the dead are exhumed for a change of clothes, among the people of Toraja as an expression of the love of the surviving family. (Photo by Sijori Images/Barcroft Images)
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09 Sep 2016 09:12:00
A picture made available on 16 August 2016 shows a young dare devil motorbike rider, Karmila Purba, 18, reaching for a tip while riding her motorbike inside a barrel locally known as “Tong Setan” or Davil's Barrel, at a traditional night carnival in Deliserdang, North Sumatra, Indonesia, 13 August 2016. (Photo by Dedi Sinuhaji/EPA)

A picture made available on 16 August 2016 shows a young dare devil motorbike rider, Karmila Purba, 18, reaching for a tip while riding her motorbike inside a barrel locally known as “Tong Setan” or Davil's Barrel, at a traditional night carnival in Deliserdang, North Sumatra, Indonesia, 13 August 2016. (Photo by Dedi Sinuhaji/EPA)
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18 Aug 2016 11:39:00
Participants react as they climb a greased pole to collect vouchers for gifts during a “Panjat Pinang” event organised in celebration of Indonesia's 71st Independence day in Jakarta, Indonesia August 17, 2016. (Photo by Darren Whiteside/Reuters)

Participants react as they climb a greased pole to collect vouchers for gifts during a “Panjat Pinang” event organised in celebration of Indonesia's 71st Independence day in Jakarta, Indonesia August 17, 2016. (Photo by Darren Whiteside/Reuters)
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An Indonesian boy waits as he prepares to catch offerings released by Hindu devotees of the Tengger tribe during the Yadnya Kasada festival, on the crater of Mount Bromo in Probolinggo on July 21, 2016. During the annual Yadnya Kasada festival the Tenggerese climb Mount Bromo, an active volcano, and seek the blessing from the main deity Hyang Widi Wasa by presenting offerings of rice, fruit, livestock and other local produce. (Photo by Juni Kriswanto/AFP Photo)

An Indonesian boy waits as he prepares to catch offerings released by Hindu devotees of the Tengger tribe during the Yadnya Kasada festival, on the crater of Mount Bromo in Probolinggo on July 21, 2016. During the annual Yadnya Kasada festival the Tenggerese climb Mount Bromo, an active volcano, and seek the blessing from the main deity Hyang Widi Wasa by presenting offerings of rice, fruit, livestock and other local produce. (Photo by Juni Kriswanto/AFP Photo)
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22 Jul 2016 12:33:00
Thousands of travellers heading to their hometowns to celebrate Eid al-Fitr, the Muslim holiday to mark the end of Ramadan, wait in a traffic jam to board a ferry at the entrance to Gilimanuk port on Bali, Indonesia July 3, 2016 in this photo taken by Antara Foto. (Photo by Nyoman Budhiana/Reuters/Antara Foto)

Thousands of travellers heading to their hometowns to celebrate Eid al-Fitr, the Muslim holiday to mark the end of Ramadan, wait in a traffic jam to board a ferry at the entrance to Gilimanuk port on Bali, Indonesia July 3, 2016 in this photo taken by Antara Foto. (Photo by Nyoman Budhiana/Reuters/Antara Foto)
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