Celebrating 100 years gospel spreading in Toraja
We were woken up by the cheering sound of the procession at Rantepao.
We later found out that today is the turn for Papua in Toraja area to join the few days celebration.
We are in a remote town in Sulawesi called Rantepao. It is the home for unique burial culture.
The procession circulates the town and ends at the church compound.
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.
If you bring kids to such festival, make sure extra caution is made.
Celebration (especially funeral) accompanied with a practice of slaughtering/sacrificing animals like buffalo and pig.
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.
After a long day of constraint and activities, almost all pigs already producing foam in their mouth (呕白泡）.
On of the ingenious method is to hang some rice to drain the saliva.
If you are vegetarian or animal lover, the actual funeral ceremony may not be your cup of tea.
If you watch the new Disney movie “Lone Ranger”, you will recognize the crow on top of Tonto’s head.
I think Papua is the original costume designer who wears bird on the head.
It looks kind of cool and adding character to the Papua.
The colourful costume accompanied with many beads.
Even the ladies are not wearing shoe under the hot sun.
Since the descendants are living in modern city, they carry smart phone (with powerbank some more) and SLR camera.
Next few days, I will be exploring more about their unique burial culture.
Torajan people has a good way to preserve their culture while accepting Christianity.
We are really lucky to witness the celebration of 100 years where gospel spread in heart of Sulawesi.