On the Indonesian island Tana Toraja, if a baby dies before he starts teething, the family cuts a hole in a tree and places the dead child inside. The tree regrows around the baby and absorbs it.
The culture, life and death of Indonesia are bit different from other countries in the world, some countries tried to launch their culture, customs and costumes on Indonesia especially some parts of western countries has huge role in it, Up to a particular level western life style like dressing, modern life etc. started to follow by the people in Indonesia, still they didn’t leave or forgot their traditional culture. The symbol for their life and death has various roles linked with their culture. In the middle of Indonesia a baby grave tree is found which is known as the heart of Kembira, Sulawesi. As it is known between the village people some weird talk is going on- “We bury the babies in this tree so the wind can waft away their souls”, so the way they believe is really hard for the people outside Indonesia to understand. They also say “as it’s trunk, which was patch worked with its little niches and each the poignant final resting place of a baby, dead before cutting its first tooth”. Death and burial, ruled by a complex set of long with the established customs and they are the ever present feature of life in Tana Toraja, as an isolated community in the center of an island in “Eastern Indonesia”.
BELOW SHOWN IS THE PICTURE OF BABY GRAVE TREE
Tana Toraja is like a lost valley which hidden behind a steep wall of mountains and unknown to Europeans until the twentieth century. It is very peaceful and pastoral landscape at first glance, be taken for Austria. The green fields are found to be made with steep roofed houses and the animals are grazing in misty mountains. As a closer inspection though we can see a bunch of buffaloes but not cows which are wallowing in lush rice fields and the houses that are not exactly as our typical just like Alpine chalet’s. They are commonly called as “tongkonan” in rural areas of Indonesia and looks black, red and orange in different patterns which make it more looking good. Their curved roofs soar skywards, seen more attractive and can be neither brought nor sold but had passed from one generation to the other generation.
The Funerals are known as the main event in the Torajan social calendar and can last up to a week but no expense is spared. The local people are proud to welcome outsiders to their family funerals and they say’s they are proud to be a part of Tana Toraja.
THE HOUSES IN TANA TORAJA
Their dressing and style of living is completely different as we compare our western life style. They show their Traditional culture even in their dance steps and songs, which will be quite new for us to watch and enjoy.
WATCH THE VIDEO OF DEATH FUNERAL IN TANA TORAJA
(source/HT : transitionsabroad.com)