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September 28, 2017
In an ancient Torajan ritual known as "Ma'nene" clans visit the tombs of deceased family members, clean...
RANTEPAO, Indonesia
The Wider Image: Indonesians celebrate the dead in ancient ritual
In an ancient Torajan ritual known as "Ma'nene" clans visit the tombs of deceased family members, clean their remains and replenish the coffins with personal belongings. The people of Tana Toraja, or "the land of Toraja", are mostly Christian, but adhere to old traditions whose roots trace back to animistic beliefs. This is common in Indonesia, a predominantly Muslim country of 250 million people that is also home to minority groups which espouse Hinduism, Buddhism, and traditional beliefs. Unlike some other cultures, death is barely a parting for those in Toraja. The deceased are mummified and housed in ornate, colourful coffins and spend several months or even years in their own homes before receiving a funeral and burial. Relatives talk to the deceased, offer them food and drink, and involve them in family gatherings, as if they are still alive. Once sufficient family members can attend and money is available to pay for sacrificial buffaloes and pigs, a funeral ceremony, known as 'Rambu Solo', is held, with the whole village usually invited to a feast celebrating communal ties. REUTERS/Darren Whiteside SEARCH "INDONESIA DEATH" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY Matching text: INDONESIA-DEATH/RITUAL
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