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Old 09-09-2016, 02:00 AM   #64
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I got a hot tip on another possibility in that part of the world: behold, the tree graves of Tana Toraja, in Indonesia.

These are the tree graves of Indonesia where dead babies are 'buried' inside the trunks of living plants so they can be 'absorbed' by nature.

The ritual takes place in the regency of Tana Toraja, a remote part of the mountainous region of South Sulawesi, 186 miles north of the capital Makassar.

Villagers hollow out holes in huge tree trunks before wrapping the deceased child in cloth and then placing the infant inside.

The hole is then sealed over with palm fibre and, as the tree heals over time, the body is believed to be absorbed. Dozens of babies are interred in each tree.

Only children who die before they have started teething are buried in this way with locals believing the wind then takes away their souls.

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