In a secluded region of Indonesia, the dead are often valued just as much as the living. Their bodies, while lifeless, are kept in the houses where they once walked, ate, and slept. Their loved ones tend to them and talk to them. This can last weeks, months, or even years. Sometimes, long after the dead have been placed in their tombs, relatives will bring them out to offer them fresh clothing and burial shrouds.
For these communities, “the death of the body isn’t the abrupt, final, severing event of the West.” Instead, death allows for “another kind of connection.”