BEYOND THE SPIRITS

 

The Toraja valley is famous for the traditions and funeral ceremonies of its inhabitants, for only here, people have the only opportunity to die twice.
The first, what for our culture would be considered "definitive", in Toraja actually marks the beginning of the disease. The fact that the heart stops beating is not considered, in itself, as a decisive signal. "They're just sick," explains us the guide.
In these parts, in fact, people believe that souls remain in the body, in a sort of land limbo, until the funeral day, during which they can at last reach eternal peace. As a result, the dead, just died, are washed, dressed and stuffed with formaldehyde. For the family, they are not really dead, so it is natural that they continue to live in homes, along with their beloved, loved and nourished daily with a rice dish.
Coexistence with the dead can vary from one to ten years, depending on the finances of his family, as the funeral activity is very burdensome and complex.
In fact, they are real banquets, where normally the whole village takes part, without counting the cost of the buffalos, which will be sacrificed during the ceremony to ferry the soul in the afterlife. We are talking about a minimum of $ 1,000 for the common black males, up to $ 40,000 of the very rare albino buffalo.

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