death ceremonies

3.16.15

Meet the Man Who Makes Molds of Dead People's Faces

Death masks are the final portrait: a literal mold of a person's face in the moments after they've died.

9.29.14

Tana Toraja Villagers Take Tomb Sweeping to a Morbid Extreme

The Tana Toraja regency on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi has an unusual death ritual: Every few years, families reunite to exhume the bodies of their deceased relatives, clean up the inside of their coffins, and sometimes give their ancestors a...