“I was recently working at a nursery school where I saw a 3 year old girl wearing tights on her head. One of my colleagues told me it was because some of the children had been making fun of her bald head. She had had chemotherapy. I later saw one young boy of about 4 go over to her, tell her she was beautiful and remove the tights. GMH”—
Each year, the Malagasy people of Madagascar perform a funeral tradition called Famadihana. The ceremony involves the digging up of the bones of loved ones, dressing them in new clothing, and dancing with them around the tomb to live music. The custom is surprisingly not especially ancient (17th century) and it is permitted by the Catholic Church because it is not a religious but rather cultural custom. The practice is begining to decline in modern days due to objections from fundamentalist protestants and the high price of the silk shrouds usually used in the ceremony. Pictured above are some dead bodies being readied for the dance.