funeral complex


The Toraja people and the most complex funeral rituals in the world

The Toraja people do practice something akin to the rising of the dead.  It seems that the people believe that death is a long process, sometimes taking years as the deceased gradually works their way toward Puya (the afterlife).   Very elaborate measures must be taken during the funeral to ensure that the loved one makes it safely to that destination.

Because the funeral arrangements are so extensive, they are also very expensive.  For this reason, a body is sometimes placed in a temporary coffin.  During this time, the family can accumulate the necessary funds to pay for a proper funeral, which includes a cave or hanging casket, a multi-water buffalo slaughter, chanting, singing, music, stone and wooden effigies to protect the soul during travel, and so on.

Once the funds are raised, so is the dead.  It seems that the Toraja genuinely believe that the dead are able to walk themselves to their new burial site.  More likely, and what we are seeing depicted in the above picture, is that the somewhat mummified corpse is removed from its temporary coffin and transported upright to the permanent site.  As “corpse walking” is part of the tradition, the body is held in the standing position to simulate ambulation.

They say the corpse is agreed using Black Magic. They do this because the cemeteries are in mountain regions, so no one wants to lead the deceased to the place they must walk alone.

The body follows, guided by an expert in Black Magic, which takes them to the site.

anonymous asked:

One of my favourite 'things you'd miss if you blink' moments between OQ is just after Regina says "You can't steal something that's been given to you" (when giving Robin her heart). She turns around and has a look on her face as if she can't believe she said that out loud to him. What are your top 5 favourite 'things you'd miss if you blink' moments?


-When Regina looks up as she says “So you’ve made your choice”, and there’s this absolute pleading in her eyes, despite her words, begging him to contradict her.

-The fact that, upon meeting Snow White and the Evil Queen in the Enchanted Forest and recognizing both of them, Robin offers his hand to Regina first.

-The way Robin chokes on the word “I” when he comes out of the diner in “A Tale of Two Sisters”. But not her name. “Regina, I–I–I–”

-Love the way he stares at her during Neal’s funeral. Seeing her complexity.

-Forever in love with the way Robin plays with her hair in “Snow Drifts”, particularly when he’s talking with his hands via moving her hair around.