In the remote village of Tana Toraja in Indonesia, locals have a bizarre ritual for dead babies. Instead of burning or burying the bodies, they wrap them in cloth and seal them inside trees so they can be “absorbed” by nature.
The Toraja people have long been known for their unique death rituals. Deceased adults are interred in caves until the yearly celebration of Ma’Nene. During that time, the corpses are removed, dressed up, and paraded around the town. Babies who die before they start teething, however, are left to be “absorbed” by trees. The result is beautiful and kind of creepy.