Though of opposite social status these two women delighted in their conversation together, which dignified and unified. One is the descendant of the last Raj of Toraja, the other the descendant of the slaves, that were the established lowest class of Torajan society.
It was during the reign of the Torajan Raja, King Sangngalla, in the AD1200s that a formal social structure was established. There were four Tana' or levels: Tana' Bulaan (high nobility), Tana' Bassi (low nobility), Tana' Karurung (common people) and Tana' Kua-Kua (slaves). The remnants of this structure are still evident, and the slaves (or perhaps better defined as serfs) live in separate housing adjacent to the traditional village.
I found that the Letter of Paul to Philemon was a very significant epistle among Torajan Christians.
The picture is fascinating in itself, and the commentary makes it so much richer. Thank you.
And thank you, Marilyn. (Panoramio is enriched by portraiture, even if landscapes are somehow able to be separated from sociology and people.)
Wow... I agree completely with Marilyn, Ian. Your comment is very... very interesting! And the picture is so delicate and well composed, congratulations!
Greetings and best regards from Chile.
Thanks so much Erwin. I value your affirmation very much. And my mind goes back to some standout portraits in your gallery and in Marilyn's also.
Warm greetings from Sydney as we look forward to a warm spring. Ian
Wonderfull and interesting facts Ian. Greetings Terry (South Africa).
Beautiful, emotional portrait, dear Yan!
Cordially yours, Eva
What a nice and happy shot! I folloew Eva: emotional. :-)
What ever the social standing of these two wonderful people their love of life shines through their smiles. A beautiful photo. Regards, Anita
Dear Terry, Eva, fanofgd and Anita,
In acknowledging your various responses I note that you are all very sensitive people who warm to and affirm others. You reveal this in your own photography as well as in choosing to respond to the two women of this portrait.
Ian / Yan
A very interesting portrait (all series is interesting too: it is a good shot and better sense!
Thank you dear Ian; greeting from Italy. Flavio
I am very happy that this portrait is appreciated, Flavio. When Ibu Elizabeth introduced me to her humble friend, and I saw their mutual joy, I knew I had to take their photo together. Noticing the pink hat, I immediately remembered that Elizabeth had a pink umbrella in the car, so I went to get it thinking it would "make" the photo. It was a thrill for me when I saw it all come together in the lens!
And I am delighted that you have enjoyed the series.
Best wishes. Ciao.
...it's pleasant to see smiling faces. They seem to have enjoyed being together..and them being photographed by you. BTW, thanks for the info.
It is all true, Raz. It was a pleasure to be together and the learning of this new environment and culture was so wonderful.
Kindest regards mate,
Greetings from Iran
Thanks for your visit to my gallery and for your appreciation of such images as this. They are very special women, Barat.
Ian (currently in Indonesia again)
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Photo taken in Kelurahan Laang Tanduk, Rantepao, North Toraja, South Sulawesi, Indonesia
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