Top 10 TERRIFYING Facts About MAORI WARRIORS

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6. The Dead Were Buried and Dug Back up Again and Then Reburied

The Maori had a very unusual method for burying their dead. Starting early in their culture, the Maori people began to bury people twice. First, after a week or two of mourning, the body was wrapped in mats and then would be buried and allowed to decompose. Then, a year later, the bodies were dug up and the bones were scraped to remove any remaining flesh.

The bones were then painted with red ochre, which is a natural pigment, and taken to different settlements, where they once again mourned the dead. Then there was another ceremony before they were buried again in a sacred place. Once this second burial was complete, the person’s soul would go on to their mysterious afterlife.

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