The eerie moment was caught on camera and the video shows what looks like a hand moving under the coffin's glass panel as the priest read the prayers.
A bone-chilling footage from a funeral in Manado, Indonesia is now going viral. The video shows a corpse that appears to 'wave' at mourners before being buried, reported The Sun. The deceased was being buried during a Christian service in the city of Manado in North Sulawesi, Indonesia, on May 5 and it has now sparked fear among the people that he might have been buried alive. The eerie moment was caught on camera and the footage shows what looks like a hand moving under the coffin's glass panel as the priest reads the prayer.
Watch as Corpse “Waves” From Inside Coffin Just Before Burial A corpse looks as if it is waving to guests from inside his coffin just before he’s laid to rest at a funeral in Indonesia. ... Read More https://t.co/RbfD0cDHsO— UnDead Mannequin (@UnDeadMannequin) May 14, 2020
The priest can be heard saying, "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." Moments later, the hands of the deceased person seemed to wave or press its hands against the coffin glass. When the footage appeared earlier this month, locals suggested that either the deceased person was waving or trying to escape the coffin. However, it is not known if the person was alive or if anyone checked.
No one noticed the incident when it happened, but others pointed it out when the video was shared on social media. While this video has gotten many people spooked, a lot of them have come up with a number of reasons as to why it happened. One person suggested that the deceased might be alive and was trying to claw his way out (shudders), while others suggested the moving hand gesture might have happened because of a mouse that accidentally got inside the casket.
However, all these theories were debunked by experts saying that the supposed movement of hands most likely happened because of rigor mortis and the changes in ligaments during decomposition. According to Daily Mail, a study reported in Medical News Today in September 2019 recorded that human bodies can move on their own after death. The research was conducted at Central Queensland University in Rockhampton, Australia, and experts were studying the process of decomposition of the human body.
While studying, they found that without any external assistance, a human body after death can change positions and also mentioned that this discovery will have an important implication in forensic science. While the idea of being buried alive is creepy, there was a time when the premature burial was common among the early 19th century Americans and Europeans. The fear primarily arose because most physicians lacked modern medical knowledge back then and would often announce a comatose person dead or even unconscious people saying that they have died prematurely.
There have been many recorded incidents when the deceased would revive during the funeral services and these incidents were widely recorded in local newspapers. Understandably, the fear of premature burial scared people and a lot of measures came into place to ensure such incidents didn't happen again.