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Toraja Ma’nene Festival – Indonesia

Toraja in Sulawesi Island in Indonesia they Celebrate Ma’nene Festival (Ceremony of Cleaning Corpse)

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The Toraja tribe in Sulawesi Island in Indonesia they Celebrate Ma’nene Festival (Ceremony of Cleaning Corpse), they bond with their family for every 3 years in the month of August.

Toraja Ma'nene Festival

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.

Toraja Ma'nene Festival

Torajans perform the act to keep their relatives alive in their hearts and minds.

Toraja Ma'nene Festival

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.

Toraja Ma'nene Festival

Coffins are dig out to celebrate the Ma’nene festival.

Toraja Ma'nene Festival

Whenever an older villager dies, their bodys are wrapped in many layers of fabric to stop decay.

Toraja Ma'nene Festival
Then they’re dug up every 3 years, admired by loved ones.

Toraja Ma'nene Festival
The caring family clean their corpses, wash, groom and redress them in fancy new garments, pose for family pictures and paraded around the village.

Toraja Ma'nene Festival
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.

Toraja Ma'nene Festival
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.

Toraja Ma'nene Festival
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.

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Relatives clean the body of Ne’Tampo, dead for thirty years, throughout the Ma’nene ritual at Panggala Village.

Toraja Ma'nene Festival
A Titus holds the body of his brother, Jefri, who died as a baby.

Toraja Ma'nene Festival
A grandchild combs the hair of his dead grandparents.

Toraja Ma'nene Festival
After the ritual is done, the corpses are “Walked” back to the coffin, and again placed into the cave.

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They are guarded by tau tau, the wood-carved effigies once again.

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Some reaction in 9gag

for some reason i think it’s weirdly beautiful.. it’s good that they dont forget a person after he passes
I’ve been there and I can confirm this is true. The dead body is injected with 20 litres of formalin to keep it preserved. The family put it inside the house for months or even years. When they have enough money, they celebrate the dead ones with festivities. They slaughter hundreds of boars and bulls everyday, and everyone in the village is invited for free meals. The celebration could last days or even weeks. They love tourists and everyone is welcome to see the corpse. Guests should not show grief though. They eat and dance everyday, from morning to late night, until the corpse is ready to be placed inside the cave.
It’s cultural thing. They have different philosophy of seeing death. When one is dead, it’s only halfway to the afterlife, that’s why they still put the corpse inside the house and treat it like it’s still alive (they sleep, eat, and watch tv with it). It has to be celebrated so the soul could be set further into the afterlife. The celebrations are usually held in summer school holiday. Go see yourself and get ready to be dumbfounded.
I understand how much this is disturbing for us, people living in an era of forever beautiful, forever fit, forever healthy and young. Once you are dead they bury you and your friends and family have to learn how to forget about you, because there are products to buy, there are beverages to drink, movies to be watched. But death happens, and these people found a way, their own way to teach how nature works to the youngest generations. We are not here forever, we should maybe learn from them that everything passes, so we should focus on important things in life, and caring more about our families.
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.
One day I will visit this island. I love weird stuff..

3 Comments on Toraja Ma’nene Festival – Indonesia

  1. cool

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  2. creativedesignpark // September 14, 2016 at 4:01 pm // Reply

    wierdly awesome

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  3. nice one

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