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    Word of the day: Famadihana

    I was a little stunned, never heard of this practice before. Are you ready for it?

    In Madagascar, famadihana is a religious rite, in which you disinter your dead relatives, wrap them in fresh dressings, and HAVE A DANCE WITH THEM before putting them back in their place.

    Now, why is this important? Apparently, it's a really good way to catch the black plague:
    http://www.newsweek.com/dancing-dead...agascar-693513
    https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/480775...th-famadihana/

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    Quote Originally Posted by submessenger View Post
    I was a little stunned, never heard of this practice before. Are you ready for it?

    In Madagascar, famadihana is a religious rite, in which you disinter your dead relatives, wrap them in fresh dressings, and HAVE A DANCE WITH THEM before putting them back in their place.
    This is sort of cool in its own way, though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MisterMR View Post
    This is sort of cool in its own way, though.
    I'm not totally convinced that dying of a disease that killed millions in medieval Europe and Asia is that cool, retro certainly but not cool. Bit like tweed or smoking jackets or wigs for men.

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    In fact this brings back memories of doing part of my degree on the impact of the Black Death on medieval England. Not my favorite module....

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    Quote Originally Posted by MisterMR View Post
    This is sort of cool in its own way, though.
    If by "cool," you mean "engaging in the most unsanitary practice you can think of," then I agree.

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    Hey I said cool, not healthy.

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    I wonder who the first person to suggest this was and how he managed to sell it to the rest of the population without being burned as a witch.

    "hey put down that spade I think Grandma has one more tango in her pass me the curtains"
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    Sometimes traditions are not a good thing. Sometimes they hold us back, or even cause harm. Sometimes we have to know when to let the tradition go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jnp View Post
    Sometimes traditions are not a good thing. Sometimes they hold us back, or even cause harm. Sometimes we have to know when to let the tradition go.
    This statement should be applied to religion as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bneterasedmynam View Post
    This statement should be applied to religion as well.
    And women
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