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Toraja burial site

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: Helen : (ATM Helen is photographing in, Australia) on 24 August 2017 in Lifestyle & Culture.

Burial rites of the Toraja

"There are three methods of burial: the coffin may be laid in a cave or in a carved stone grave, or hung on a cliff. It contains any possessions that the deceased will need in the afterlife. The wealthy are often buried in a stone grave carved out of a rocky cliff. The grave is usually expensive and takes a few months to complete. In some areas, a stone cave may be found that is large enough to accommodate a whole family. A wood-carved effigy, called Tau tau, is usually placed in the cave looking out over the land. The coffin of a baby or child may be hung from ropes on a cliff face or from a tree. This hanging grave usually lasts for years, until the ropes rot and the coffin falls to the ground.

In the ritual called Ma'Nene, that takes place each year in August, the bodies of the deceased are exhumed to be washed, groomed and dressed in new clothes. The mummies are then walked around the village."

Source: Wikipedia
National Geographic (This link may be distressing to some people. It contains photographs of the deceased)

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Dimitrios from ATHENS, Greece

most impressive customs, cool frame

24 Aug 2017 11:00am

Devi from Chennai, India

Thank you for sharing this image and the customs!!! Customs from all over the world ! Interesting !!!

24 Aug 2017 2:59pm