George looking towards the light & #GlobeFacts Indonesia [part 5 of 6]
Once a year, in August, Toraja villagers in the mountains of South Sulawesi return to the burial caves in order to remove the bodies and change their clothes, groom them, and bathe them, as well as repair as much as possible any damage the coffins may have incurred.
This ritual is known as Ma’nene, or “The Ceremony of Cleaning Corpses,” and is performed on the deceased no matter how long they have been dead or what age they may have been.
Some of the corpses have been in the caves so long that they have been mummified. After the corpses are freshened up, villagers will hold the them upright and “walk” them from the village to their place of death and back again, after which the body is placed back in its coffin and returned to its cave until the following year, when the whole morbid process will be repeated.
Although this all may seem rather macabre and bizarre, some remote areas still allegedly practice an even older, even weirder ceremony in which the dead are said to literally walk on their own.
One thing common to all of the funeral ceremonies and rites of the Toraja is that in order for the spirit to be able to pass into the afterlife certain conditions must be met.
First, all of the relatives and extended family of the deceased must be present for the funeral.
Second, the deceased must be interred in the village of their birth.
If these conditions are not met, it is said that the soul will forever linger around its body in a state of limbo, and unable to journey to Puya until they are, a belief that in the old days of stark remoteness dissuaded most from travelling too far from their village lest they be trapped and tethered to their dead body in some faraway place.
- Books. Thousands of books. Not romance though.
- Telescope. They love to observe and the stars are no exception.
- Globes. By globes I mean moon globes, and earth globes just buy them lots of globes.
- Maps. Oh my god, as an INTP old world maps are fascinating.
- A Polaroid Camera. So they can take pictures of things that see in a museum.
- Puzzles. 3D puzzles, 2D puzzles, all the puzzles.
- A DVD collection of their favorite show or movies.
- Word searches. Great to keep their mind reeled in during long trips.
- Coloring Books. If they don’t like word searches then this is a perfect alternative.
- CD, records, iTunes gift cards, just get them music. It helps them focus.
- Vintage movie posters. They are nerds.
- Star chart. They love maps.
- If all else fails give them gift card to their favorite book store. AKA its 2nd N Charles.
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