Indonesia - Sulawesi - Tana Toraja. Graveyard in Panggala, Rindigallo.
Grandpa "Ne Pua", passed away with 85 years. He has been buried in his favorite suit, together with hes favourite belongings, like the mobile phone and glasses.
The Ma'Nene Ritual is about to start. The coffins have been dragged out of the family's mausoleum. After cleaning the dead body, clothes will be changed before having a sunbath. Rising to Puya (Heaven) also means to enter the afterlife. And, to continue with the living standards one is used to when being on earth. That’s why it is customary for the Torajans to put a gift in the coffin of their ancestors before locking it into a family mausoleum or the traditional stone grave. For some, a bracelet or a watch would do, while the highest cast might even bury a diamond with their loved ones. Nowadays, many are afraid their gifts get stolen. Local police authorities are even investigating cases of stolen mummies. The rumor spread that there’s a high demand from foreign antique-collectors based in Bali. Supposedly, they’re hiring thieves from the area to steel bodies for their private exhibitions. Not to forget about the missing baby mummies who apparently are used for occult medicine.
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