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Rambu Solo Funeral in Lo'Ko Uru, to honor Uru Philippus Possali and Albertina Allo, the elderly couple who died only three months apart from each other. Their families did not wait for long to schedule a date for the funeral. That’s quite rare, others preserve the Toma Kula’ – the sick- up to several years if not decades until they can agree on a funeral date, but also to save up enough for the precious event.
Provisionally, an arena made of bamboo has been set up during the previous months, to accommodate the extended family, as well as other guests. Roughly 800 guests will be attending the five-day event.
With buffalo blood on the highway of souls. The last breath of one of the presented water buffalos marks the official death of a "sick person" during the event of a Rambu Solo' funeral. The soul of the deceased will finally raise to Puya - Heaven. The more buffalos to be sacrificed, the wealthier the family and the faster a soul will find its way to Puya. The first buffalo will be sacrificed right after 12 o’clock when the sun starts setting again – Rambu means smoke, Solo means down. The buffalo’s death will mark the departure of a soul on its way to Puya – Heaven. There, it will be with God and live a fulfilling afterlife. Without the buffalo, the soul won’t find its way. Hence, the more buffalos sacrificed, the faster the souls will find their way to Puya. Regarding Aluk To Dolo – the ancestral belief of the Torajans, 24 is the suggested number of sacrificial buffalos – for most castes. But some guests will bring additional buffalos as a gift. In this case, it’s an unwritten law for the family to pay back a buffalo in the same price range at the next funeral.
- Claudio Sieber
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