Despite the dapper tie and snappy suit, this old chap isn’t in the best of health… mainly because he’s been dead for a couple of hundred years.

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Ready to step out for a night on the town...

Held up by (living) family members, the mummified remains of a man and a woman are given their three-yearly sprucing, which includes new threads in a ritual in Indonesia.

Called Ma'nene, the ceremony, which was pictured in the Sulawesi Province, celebrates the deceased and the bond that exists between family members - both alive and dead.

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"A bit chilly..."

After the ritual, the remains are laid to rest for another three years before returning once again to the world of the living.

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  • Relatives put on clothes on a mummy of Piter Sampe Sambara (C) who died 80 years ago during Ma'nene ritual in Rinding Allo, Toraja district, South Sulawesi province Indonesia, 23 August 2012. Relatives changed the clothes of the mummy as a show of love to their ancestors. (Photo credit: EPA/ANDI SAMUDRA)

  • Relatives clean a mummy of Martha Bu'tu' who died 40 years ago during Ma'nene ritual in Rinding Allo, Toraja district, South Sulawesi province, Indonesia, 23 August 2012. Relatives changed the clothes of the mummy as a show of love to their ancestors. (Photo credit: EPA/ANDI SAMUDRA)

  • Relatives put clothes on a mummy of Piter Sampe Sambara (C) who died 80 years ago during Ma'nene ritual in Rinding Allo, Toraja district, South Sulawesi province Indonesia, 23 August 2012. Relatives changed the clothes of the mummy as a show of love to their ancestors. (Photo credit: EPA/ANDI SAMUDRA)

  • Relatives put on new clothes on a mummy of Piter Sampe Sambara (C) who died 80 years ago during Ma'nene ritual in Rinding Allo, Toraja district, South Sulawesi province Indonesia, 23 August 2012. Relatives changed the clothes of the mummy as a show of love to their ancestors. (Photo credit: EPA/ANDI SAMUDRA)