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Celebrating 100 years gospel spreading in Toraja

We were woken up by the cheering sound of the procession at Rantepao.

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We later found out that today is the turn for Papua in Toraja area to join the few days celebration.

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We are in a remote town in Sulawesi called Rantepao. It is the home for unique burial culture.

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The procession circulates the town and ends at the church compound.

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The knifes (or kris) you see on the display ‘board’ are real stuff. One of the board fells straight onto we stand and hits the car.

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If you bring kids to such festival, make sure extra caution is made.

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Celebration (especially funeral) accompanied with a practice of slaughtering/sacrificing animals like buffalo and pig.

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Look at the size of the man’s head compared to the head of the pig. That gives you an idea how gigantic is this beast.

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After a long day of constraint and activities, almost all pigs already producing foam in their mouth (呕白泡).

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On of the ingenious method is to hang some rice to drain the saliva.

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If you are vegetarian or animal lover, the actual funeral ceremony may not be your cup of tea.

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If you watch the new Disney movie “Lone Ranger”, you will recognize the crow on top of Tonto’s head.

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I think Papua is the original costume designer who wears bird on the head.

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It looks kind of cool and adding character to the Papua.

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The colourful costume accompanied with many beads.

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Even the ladies are not wearing shoe under the hot sun.

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Since the descendants are living in modern city, they carry smart phone (with powerbank some more) and SLR camera.

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Next few days, I will be exploring more about their unique burial culture.

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Torajan people has a good way to preserve their culture while accepting Christianity.

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We are really lucky to witness the celebration of 100 years where gospel spread in heart of Sulawesi.

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One response

  1. Ow, wonderful photographs,

    August 3, 2013 at 10:17 am

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