Footage from an Indonesian burial service is no doubt bringing nerves higher after a scary moment in which a corpse appeared to "wave" through the window of its coffin.
The moment was captured on video while mourners looked on.
Corpse Waves To Mourners Through Coffins Glass Panel www.youtube.com
#NoLagosLockDown Bizarre!! 💔 😢 Viral video shows haunting moment corpse appears to wave at mourners through coffin’… https://t.co/DCxsz5JiP5— Afriupdate News (@Afriupdate News) 1589405301.0
"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.'"
The priest's words seemed prophetic as the deceased person's hand then hit the front window of the coffin and disappeared from sight.
While several people were afraid this pointed to a live burial, still others told their own ghost stories of the purportedly dead coming back to life for moments.
@Zak_Bagans My teacher told me a story. Her relative died. While his kids was giving him a bath before burial he wo… https://t.co/lUeqhyhoKL— Larki January Ki 😍😍😍 (@Larki January Ki 😍😍😍) 1589403197.0
@Zak_Bagans My mom's best friend Ana Luisa died when they were about 15, naturally my mom was devastated so my gran… https://t.co/JTbkivQmCi— 🤘🏻Ed Nordrike Parker 🤘🏻 👨🎤🪆🪆🪆🪆 (@🤘🏻Ed Nordrike Parker 🤘🏻 👨🎤🪆🪆🪆🪆) 1589405002.0
@Zak_Bagans Id say reflection from ppl above, lazarus syndrome can occur in places with little hospital care , or m… https://t.co/bWiXB4Nu53— Coco (@Coco) 1589403781.0
@Zak_Bagans I hate that all I hear during that part is “Dia akan hidup” which means “They will live” or “They will… https://t.co/tC2lwlDCoE— Qis. ❁◕ ‿ ◕❁ (@Qis. ❁◕ ‿ ◕❁) 1589404755.0
@Zak_Bagans What’s creepier is that the priest is reading a passage that translates to: those who believe in me (Go… https://t.co/ljoK5zXNas— Gil (@Gil) 1589405721.0
Then of course was the big question—what sort of coffins have windows?
@Zak_Bagans I have so many questions... I didn’t even know windows on coffins were a thing or actually existed... &… https://t.co/lSGEtKaJOn— Krystal-Lee 💋 (@Krystal-Lee 💋) 1589404166.0
@Zak_Bagans I’ve never seen a coffin with a window before. Are those made for people who get buried alive? Made to… https://t.co/j2G1DiI0Uk— ✨𝑲𝒊𝒎𝒃𝒆𝒓𝒍𝒚🌻𝑺𝒖𝒆✨ (@✨𝑲𝒊𝒎𝒃𝒆𝒓𝒍𝒚🌻𝑺𝒖𝒆✨) 1589404670.0
@Zak_Bagans Why is there a window in the coffin in the first place???— Jaycee1976 (@Jaycee1976) 1589400278.0
@Zak_Bagans That's why I'm dead set against coffin windows!— Bill Moseley (@Bill Moseley) 1589400440.0
@Zak_Bagans Iv never seen coffins like this before I love that coffin and it's that lady with the tissue in the window— Ann Pashon (@Ann Pashon) 1589401467.0
Rigor mortis, from the latin words meaning "stiffness of death," refers to the stiffening and shifting of the joints and muscles in the body after death.
Rigor mortis could easily have been responsible for a corpse moving after death. The phenomenon is reported regularly at morgues and mortuaries.
But it is still creepy.
@Zak_Bagans Seems to be a gaseous pressure in the coffin either that or the muscles really stiffing up. I know what… https://t.co/EV5stTzZ0u— Christina Wright (@Christina Wright) 1589406792.0
@Zak_Bagans Omg! They better check and make sure he’s deceased. Cause that doesn’t look good at all!— Angela Boblitt (@Angela Boblitt) 1589402306.0
@Zak_Bagans @tanaleaxxx Did they open the casket to see if person was still alive? Or was it a reflection in the gl… https://t.co/M1jfKCBov0— Aaron Poisson (@Aaron Poisson) 1589406837.0
@Zak_Bagans “WTF” is right!!! I can’t stop watching it though!!! 😳🎃🤓— Leslie Sinks 👻 (@Leslie Sinks 👻) 1589403274.0
While the likelihood that rigor mortis is responsible is high, it doesn't rule out the living dead.
Would anyone be surprised by a zombie outbreak right now?
The book Beyond the Dark Veil: Post Mortem & Mourning Photography from The Thanatos Archive is available here.