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Celebrating life and death

  • Villagers and relatives gather as they prepare for a parade called Ma’ Palao during a long day carrying out a traditional funeral ceremony called Rambu Solo to commemorate the passing of V.T Sarangullo in La’Bo village, Toraja, South Sulawesi. JP/Agung Parameswara

    Villagers and relatives gather as they prepare for a parade called Ma’ Palao during a long day carrying out a traditional funeral ceremony called Rambu Solo to commemorate the passing of V.T Sarangullo in La’Bo village, Toraja, South Sulawesi. JP/Agung Parameswara

  • Relatives cry as a coffin containing the corpses of Tikurara, Dumak and Limbongbuak arrive at a cliff-face grave called "liang" in Barrupu village, Toraja, South Sulawesi. JP/Agung Parameswara

    Relatives cry as a coffin containing the corpses of Tikurara, Dumak and Limbongbuak arrive at a cliff-face grave called "liang" in Barrupu village, Toraja, South Sulawesi. JP/Agung Parameswara

  • Men haul a coffin up a craggy cliff face in the Tana Toraja highlands JP/ Agung Parameswara

    Men haul a coffin up a craggy cliff face in the Tana Toraja highlands JP/ Agung Parameswara

  • he cliffs are dotted with Tao Tao wooden effigies, representing the deceased. JP/ Agung Parameswara

    he cliffs are dotted with Tao Tao wooden effigies, representing the deceased. JP/ Agung Parameswara

  • A man walks down the cliff face.
JP/ Agung Parameswara

    A man walks down the cliff face. JP/ Agung Parameswara

  • A buffalo is prepared for sacrifice. Animal sacrifices are an integral part of the funereal customs, with buffaloes reserved for the most affluent members of the community. JP/ Agung Parameswara

    A buffalo is prepared for sacrifice. Animal sacrifices are an integral part of the funereal customs, with buffaloes reserved for the most affluent members of the community. JP/ Agung Parameswara

  • Relatives clean and care for the corpses of their departed loved ones. JP/ Agung Parameswara

    Relatives clean and care for the corpses of their departed loved ones. JP/ Agung Parameswara

  • Most Torajans adhere to the Protestant or Catholic faiths today, and recitation of biblical passages are also heard during the traditional rituals. JP/ Agung Parameswara

    Most Torajans adhere to the Protestant or Catholic faiths today, and recitation of biblical passages are also heard during the traditional rituals. JP/ Agung Parameswara

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