Man ‘re­turns from the grave’ af­ter months

Weekend Post (South Africa) - - World - – The Tele­graph

A man thought to be dead turned up at his fam­ily's home two months af­ter they ap­par­ently buried him.

Ai­gali Supy­galiev, from Kaza­khstan, was pro­nounced dead af­ter DNA tests on badly burned hu­man re­mains proved with "with 99.2% cer­tainty" that they were his.

He was "buried" in Septem­ber in the Mus­lim ceme­tery of To­marly, his fam­ily's home town just north of the Caspian Sea port of Atyrau.

His brother, Esen­gali Supy­galiev, told the Azh.kz news site: "We held a wake, and the ex­tended fam­ily or­gan­ised a tra­di­tional 'konil shai' cer­e­mony."

"When Un­cle Ai­gali walked through the door two months af­ter we'd buried him, my daugh­ter Saule nearly dropped dead of a heart at­tack," Esen­gali added.

It turned out that he had taken up an of­fer of work in a nearby vil­lage from a man he'd met down the mar­ket that fate­ful day. Once the work was fin­ished four months later, Ai­gali walked all the way back to To­marly.

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