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TED Talks: Season 2013

2013x185 Kelli Swazey: Life that doesn't end with death
TV-PG

  • 2013-10-01T00:00:00-04:00 on YouTube
  • 15 mins
  • United States
  • Documentary, Special Interest

In Tana Toraja, weddings and births aren’t the social gatherings that knit society together. In this part of Indonesia, big, raucous funerals form the center of social life. Anthropologist Kelli Swazey takes a look at this culture, in which the bodies of dead relatives are cared for even years after they have passed. While it sounds strange to Western sensibilities, she says, this could actually be a truer reflection of the fact that relationships with loved ones don’t simply end when breathing does. (Filmed at TEDMED.)

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