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Tana Toraja, Sulawesi, Indonesia

INDONESIA | Saturday, 22 August 2015 | Views [326]

Dave and i met a young German couple and travelled with them all day yesterday in a mini van with a driver.  We saw the traditional burial sites of the Torajan people who are laid to rest inside caves and carved out rocks.  We stood beside human bones & skulls & entered a cave on our own with torches where we came across more bones & skulls.  I felt like I'd walked onto the set of an Indiana Jones movie.  Babies are 'buried' separately.  They are placed inside a hand carved hole in a tree and it is believed that they become the tree.  Here, death is a real celebration of a life lived and the people work all their lives to save for the funeral costs.

Tana Toraja B skulls

Tana Toraja B skulls

Tags: burial, cemetery, dead, indonesia. south sulawesi, sulawesi, tana toraja

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