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Plague alert in Madagascar over ‘turning’ ritual that raises the dead from their tombs

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  • Oct 26 2017 11:30About: 2 months ago
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In Madagascar, ceremonies in which families exhume the remains of dead relatives, rewrap them in fresh cloth and dance with the corpses are a sacred ritual.
But an outbreak of plague sweeping the Indian Ocean island nation has prompted warnings that the macabre spectacle, known as the turning of the bones or body turning, presents a serious risk of contamination.
On a recent baking hot Saturday in Ambohijafy, a village outside the capital Antananarivo, a “turning” procession snaked...

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Madagascar ceremonies which families exhume remains dead relatives rewrap them fresh cloth dance with corpses sacred ritual. But outbreak plague sweeping Indian Ocean island nation prompted warnings that macabre spectacle known turning bones body turning presents serious risk contamination. On recent baking Saturday Ambohijafy village outside capital Antananarivo “turning” procession snaked...

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