World: Stirrings at the End of the World

To the animistic people of Madagascar, death is considered just another step in life. The dead are buried, but they are regarded as active family members, and their souls are believed to reside in the northeast corners of the houses in which they lived. Every four or five years, depending on the forecast of the family astrologer, their descendants dig up their bones, dress them in shiny new funeral silks and parade them around town in taxis. They introduce the dead to new members of the family, tell them the latest jokes, hire bands...

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