[T]he people in Menyama smoke the bodies of their dead in order to preserve them, and then take the bodies up a very steep incline to a cliff.
These bodies—they are very much like mummies—are placed in such a way that they look down the mountain and upon the village far below. The people believe that these ancestors protect them, and keep them safe from harm.
[O]nly the warriors of the village are smoked and become the guardians of the village. A warrior’s son will also become a warrior. And only the son of a warrior can become a warrior.
The bodies aren’t up there indefinitely, either. On occasion, a deceased relative will be brought back down from their cliffside perches for celebrations as mundane as a birthday party.