Where: Indonesia, Sulawesi, Tana Toraja
Religion: Protestantism and Animism
Esther Pondang died at the hospital in Rantepao and her body was driven home by ambulance, which is customary in the area.
Esther was lying in state for one day inside the family’s house, and people came by to pay her respect. To serve everybody, the family had to sacrifice two buffalos. The meat was cooked over open fire inside hollow bamboo.
Thank you to Esther and to her family for letting me be a part of this beautiful last goodbye.