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Feeding the ancestors : The Toraja


Looking into the distance, the tau-tau, ancestor statues, hold their hands out to receive the offerings they are expecting. They are the ones who regulates the world of the living, and not respecting their edicts will cause problems. This is why the traditional religion of the Toraja is known as pa’kandean nene’, which is translated as “feeding the ancestors”. Even nowadays, funerary rites are observed, and family ties are of prime importance.

NB: there are many similarities with the traditional religion of Sumba.

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