Toraja, Sulawesi: sacrificed buffalo at a Funeral in Randanbatu

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Ian Stehbens on August 21, 2008

Today is Sunday. Yesterday was Saturday and the funeral traditions were in full swing then. The offered Buffalo fought, tethered they were slaughtered with one wild slash of the throat, the pumping blood collected in bamboo tubes as the animals die, the blood and the beef is cooked and the people feast. The deceased person is raised on a platform for this is there last entertainment before they begin their journey with their buffalo and pigs and other possessions.

Today the Toraja people are Christians, yet their pre-Christian traditions are still in evidence, even though beliefs systems have changed.

The accumulation of sets of buffalo horns are an indicator of relative wealth.

Marilyn Whiteley on August 21, 2008

What a vivid picture, both in words and photograph! I am always fascinated by this type of mingling of customs. Marilyn

Ian Stehbens on August 21, 2008

To be on the sacrificial ground, all messy raw macarbe and odouress, made me reimagine the ancient Hebrew temple traditions, Marilyn.

Thankyou for reading and for engaging.


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Photo taken in Bebo, North Sangalla, Tana Toraja Regency, South Sulawesi, Indonesia

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