Funeral Ceremony at Tana Toraja

It may sound strange. Tourists flocking to Tana Toraja are looking for funeral ceremony to attend.

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We saw an interest ‘menu’ at the local restaurant where it displayed the published dates of known funerals in the region. In many part of the world, we couldn’t predict any funeral (and also don’t want to know). In Toraja, the body of the deceased relative will be kept at the community for months or years. After the offspring and relative gathered enough money to host a funeral, the community will schedule a date (normally in the dry season) for the ceremony. This is the main reason the funeral dates are known in advance.

Funeral menu at Mambo Restaurant

There was no large ceremony this week. We dropped by the tourist information center this morning to try our luck.

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We have some luck as there is a smaller scale ceremony at a village called Kandeapi.

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