Photographer's Note

This photo was taken during a funeral ceremony in Toraja country (Sulawesi).

The Toraja are Christian, but their funeral practices are a far cry from the sombre church ceremonies of the west. When a Torajan dies, the body is preserved and kept in the house - often taking part, in a somewhat diminished role, in family conversations and meals - while the family makes arrangements for the funeral. Sometimes this preparation takes several months. An invitation to visit the home of the deceased prior to the funeral is a great honour. If you accept, you should thank the deceased on arrival and ask permission before leaving. If literally communing with the dead isn't your cup of tuak, polite refusal won't cause offence.

The funeral celebration itself takes place in a large open area surrounded by bamboo pavilions erected for spectators. The corpse 'presides' over the event from a high-roofed tower, and the atmosphere is reminiscent of a country fair.

Here you can see a women with presents for the defunt family.

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