WARUGA,traditional Minhasan graves
WARUGA,traditional Minhasan graves Sawangan Reviews
Burial chambers above the ground,remnant of the megalithic age Sep 14, 2009
Waruga is a stone grave found in the Minahasa land in north Sulawesi.They are unique square stone burial chambers with prism-shaped lids usually carved with motifs depicting the owner's occupation.The graves face the rising sun.The corpse was placed sitting upright with folded hands and with all his/her beloved things such as necklace,blade...(when a person dies,the corpse will be seated on a chair and tied until being stiff).
The dead people were placed in a sitting position because the Minahasans believed that this position allowed them to reach eternity.
In the early 19th,this burial practice was prohibited by the colonial authorities due to the epidemics(cholera,typhoid..).Since then dead people are buried under the ground.
There are more than 2000 waruga in the Minahasa land,144 of them of different periods(500,1200 years old) were collected and can be seen in the Sawangan village,Airmadidi subdistrict 25 km far from Manado.
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