About Torajan graves,Deri's rock graves
Tana Toraja, Indonesia
About Torajan graves,Deri's rock graves Tana Toraja Reviews
A hard rock work Nov 28, 2009
Torajans are rarely buried in the ground because the deceased,believed living in the afterlife( cf.ancient Egyptians) might be upset by animals like snakes,insects..Their graves as their funeral are distinctive:there are 3 methods of burial.First the coffin including any possessions which will be needed in the afterlife may be hung on the side of a cliff,or put in a tomb cut in the cliff rock or chiselled out a boulder(the Torajan landscape is littered with huge boulders).Some of them are chiselled to form a tomb most often for a whole family.Besides them or on their top,one can see biers shaped like the tongkonan,the traditional Torajan house.
At one point,in the village of Deri,we saw a boulder which was almost entirely hollowed out.It is a hard work to cut by hand the hard granite for the carvers who are usually also smiths because the chisel needs often to be sharpened:we saw a temporary forge facing the boulder.Our guide Topik said that it will take 8 months to 4 guys to complete.This is an expensive alternative and only wealthy are buried in carved graves.
The carvers aren't paid in monkeymoney but in waterbuffalos.
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