Torajan tribe is divided in two major religious group, Christian and Muslim. But few of these tribe members still follow the ‘the method of the Ancestors’ or ‘Aluk Todolo’. They believe that, death is not a final step, but another step to ongoing spiritual life.
Torajans perform the act to keep their relatives alive in their hearts and minds.
Toraja tribe members are rarely buried within the ground. they’re either placed in caves dug out in the rocky side of a mountain, or in wood coffins that are hung on a cliff.
Babies buried within the hollow of living trees.
Coffins are dig out to celebrate the Ma’nene festival.
Whenever an older villager dies, their bodys are wrapped in many layers of fabric to stop decay.
Then they’re dug up every 3 years, admired by loved ones.
The caring family clean their corpses, wash, groom and redress them in fancy new garments, pose for family pictures and paraded around the village.
The coffin are fixed or replaced while families walk them around the village, parading in straight line. This methods and beliefs are connected to Hyang (a religious entity with supernatural power), that only moves in straight line.
Even dead kids are dig out – two of those photos show the skeleton of a baby wrapped in a very print dress with a doll arranged next to it.
One of the Tribes men, Pong Rumasek found a dead body in under the tree while hunting an animal in the mountain. He gave him a proper burial and dressed the dead body by his own clothes, and he believed that it gives him a good fortune in return of his generosity.
Relatives clean the body of Ne’Tampo, dead for thirty years, throughout the Ma’nene ritual at Panggala Village.
A Titus holds the body of his brother, Jefri, who died as a baby.
A grandchild combs the hair of his dead grandparents.
After the ritual is done, the corpses are “Walked” back to the coffin, and again placed into the cave.
They are guarded by tau tau, the wood-carved effigies once again.
Some reaction in 9gag
Also who would have the balls in our society to hug his dead relative without developing a PTSD? These people have really big balls. They know what is reality. I envy them.