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Displays of death are part of life in Sulawesi’s Tana Toraja, where even the majority Christian population practices animism and believes that ancestors continue to influence the living long  after they’re gone.

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Displays of death are part of life in Sulawesi’s Tana Toraja, where even the majority Christian population practices animism and believes that ancestors continue to influence the living long after they’re gone.

Tanjung Birra Beach, Makassar, Sulawesi.

Tanjung Birra Beach, Makassar, Sulawesi.

According to the animist Toraja belief Aluk To Dolo ("the way of the ancestors") the deceased rides into puya, the "life hereafter" on the back of a water buffalo slaughtered at the funeral ceremony. Babies are too young to ride an animal, so when an infant dies before teething the body is brought to the forest and buried in a Liang Pia, a grave in the Tarra tree. This tree has white sap, representative of mother's milk. A hole is carved into the trunk and the baby is placed inside standing…

According to the animist Toraja belief Aluk To Dolo ("the way of the ancestors") the deceased rides into puya, the "life hereafter" on the back of a water buffalo slaughtered at the funeral ceremony. Babies are too young to ride an animal, so when an infant dies before teething the body is brought to the forest and buried in a Liang Pia, a grave in the Tarra tree. This tree has white sap, representative of mother's milk. A hole is carved into the trunk and the baby is placed inside standing…

Bantimurung Waterfalls, Maros | South Sulawesi - Indonesia    The Bantimurung waterfalls are famous in Sulawesi because of its beauty (and the fact that this is a waterfall one can swim in!), and the nearby kupu-kupu (butterfly) breeding grounds. It is about 70 Km away from Ujung Pandang (Makassar).    By: Rick Wezenaar

Bantimurung Waterfalls, Maros | South Sulawesi - Indonesia The Bantimurung waterfalls are famous in Sulawesi because of its beauty (and the fact that this is a waterfall one can swim in!), and the nearby kupu-kupu (butterfly) breeding grounds. It is about 70 Km away from Ujung Pandang (Makassar). By: Rick Wezenaar

Traveling To Heaven Nature In the South Sulawesi. Tanjung Bira

Traveling To Heaven Nature In the South Sulawesi. Tanjung Bira

Masjid Agung Maros, Sulawesi, Indonesia

Masjid Agung Maros, Sulawesi, Indonesia

Path to paradise - and delicious fresh grilled fish :)  Pantai Bira, Sulawesi - Indonesia

Path to paradise - and delicious fresh grilled fish :) Pantai Bira, Sulawesi - Indonesia

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