The priest was saying prayers for the deceased when the footage showed a hand moving inside the coffin.
The last thing you want during a funeral is for the corpse to come alive. In a rather disturbing story from Indonesia, a video captured a corpse's hands allegedly moving under a glass panel inside the casket. The scary footage gives you the creeps. The incident happened at a funeral service held on May 5 in Manado in North Sulawesi, Indonesia, reported The Daily Mail. The family of the deceased had gathered for the funeral and was mourning the death of their loved one. The incident happened as the priest says the prayers at the funeral.
Someone in the crowd is taking a video of the event and points the camera at the casket for a brief second. That's when you can see a hand slowly move inside the casket. The hand moves just as the priest says, "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 footage shows the corpse's hand move inside the coffin, giving the impression it's waving or pressing its hand against the glass lid. No one certainly wants a resurrection of the corpse at this point surely. The video doesn't reveal the name of the deceased but it's apparent the moving hand was spotted only after the event in itself because no one reacts to the event in real-time as the footage is being captured.
Many drew morbid conclusions, with some claiming that the person might have been alive and had been accidentally buried alive. "Yes, he waved, maybe he was still alive and try to dig his way out," wrote Yunita Ouwa online. Toink Khan wrote, "Maybe it's a mouse." Some claimed it was a ghost. For those who don't care for the paranormal, the possible explanation for the occurrence is rigor mortis. Ligaments tend to move during decomposition because of rigor mortis. A study reported in Medical News Today in September 2019 stated that human bodies could move on their own after death. The study conducted by researchers from Central Queensland University in Rockhampton, Australia, stated that without any external 'assistance,' human remains can change their position as it decomposes.
A similar incident was reported in Brazil when a woman was accidentally buried alive and she could be heard screaming from inside her coffin. Rosangela Almeida dos Santos, 37, was declared dead and buried but it appears she lived for 11 more days, which she spent trying to get out of the tomb. The wooden casket was filled with scratches and the nails on the coffin had also come loose. They also found blood inside the casket. A couple of locals who heard screams from the grave eventually smashed open the tomb, reported The Daily Mail. Rosangela had died by the time the locals smashed open the casket. She was buried again the next day.
Initially, doctors had declared that she died from septic shock following two cardiac arrests. "When I got there right in front of the tomb, I heard banging from inside it. I thought the kids who play around the cemetery were playing a joke on me. Then I heard her groan twice, and after those two groans she stopped," reported one of the locals. Santos' mother, Germana de Almeida claimed that her daughter's body was found to have injuries that weren't there at the time of burial. "She had tried to open the lid, even the nails that had been hammered in were loose. Her hands were injured like she had been trying to get out."
Rosangela's sister claimed her body was still warm after 11 days. "We don't want to accuse any doctor, we don't want to cause any problems, but we witnessed that situation, there's just no way a person can be buried for 11 days and still be warm," said Santos' sister, Isamara Almeida.