Hallelujah! We can eat dogs!

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Tautau (statues) and graves in the cliff face.


Our guide Yosep along with driver Nasan picked us up at 9am.  We were running late due to the long day yesterday.

We started our day visiting Lemo where graves are made in the face of rocky cliffs, known as as cave burials.  Society in the early days was stratified much like a frequent flyer programme ... Gold, Silver ... etc.   People with Gold  status are also allowed a tautau or statue on the cliff face.

Cave burials may be made into natural crevasses but since metal implements were introduced, holes have been made into cliff faces for this purpose as well.  

We then went to a funeral near Ulusalu (see separate item).

After a bit lunch, we went to a hanging grave at Kete Kesu ... where coffins are placed on beams  that had been stuck in to cliff surfaces.

Tautau (statues) and graves in the cliff face.
  These were used mainly prior to metal implements being available to dig into rock faces. 

Driving through the towns and countryside our guide and pointed out shops which sold dog meat.  These are indicated rather discreetly by way of cryptic signs and codes ... something I found strange as this was a Christian area and it seems like a god-given right that Christians should be able to eat dogs unlike their Muslim counterparts.

Our guide thought that the indications are all cryptic to avoid offending the Muslim minority and visiting Muslims from the rest of the country.  As there's plenty of signage openly promoting the sale of pork, I didn't quite buy his explanation ... I thought it was more to avoid offending foreigners. 

Anyway, there appears to be some perks to being a Christian:

  1. You can eat dog.
  2. You can embalm your relatives and leave them in your home for a few years ... no need to rush to bury them ASAP (or even same day) as required by other religions.   Oh what luxury.  
  3. You don't need to have the tip of your willy chopped off!

 

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