• A video of a burial in Indonesia has gone viral
  • It showed an eerie moment that a corpse seemingly "waved"
  • It was only when the video was watched that the "movement" was pointed out

Creepy footage from a funeral in Indonesia shows a corpse seemingly waving his hand to mourners as they laid the casket down six feet below the ground. This has sparked fears that the person may have been mistakenly buried alive, according to a report by the Sun.

Like A Scene From A Horror Movie

Mourners may not have noticed the ‘hand-waving’ moment during the burial, but the eerie occurrence did not escape the camera. Like a scene cut from a horror movie, the video showed what appeared to be the hand of the corpse waving or touching the small glass section of the coffin.

According to the Sun, the family of the dead man gathered May 5 to bid their loved one a final farewell in the city of Manado, North Sulawesi, Indonesia. They lowered the casket six feet below the ground and were waiting for the priest to say his final blessings, after which the mourners would cover the burial hole.

Video showed corpse seemingly waving from inside the casket during burial
Video showed corpse seemingly waving from inside the casket during burial carolynabooth - Pixabay

A Final Wave

A priest then went over the hole and read the prayers as was customary during occasions like these. “God has said in the Book of John, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, he will live even though he is dead,” said the minister. While the cleric was uttering the words, what appeared to be the hand of the deceased person wave to the mourners or touched the coffin’s lid.

Some coffins, like those used in Indonesia, have small rectangular panels that allow people to see the deceased even when the casket is fully closed. Unlike regular coffins that will completely cover the dead body, this particular casket has a small glass opening approximately 12 inches long and four inches wide. This allows you to see a small section of the head and chest even when the coffin is completely closed.

Questions Arose

No one noticed the alleged incident at the time, but upon watching the video, some of those present pointed it out. The video clip was shared on social media and gained viral status almost overnight.

The comment section on social media came alive with one person writing: “Yes, he waved, maybe he was still alive and try to dig his way out.” More questions regarding the incident were posted, but most of them went unanswered. Experts, however, debunked the belief that the corpse may still be alive. They blamed the action on a simple rigor mortis, according to the report. Central Queensland University researchers said that the condition where there is stiffening of the body during the later stages of decomposition may cause the corpse to seemingly move.