Where: Indonesia, Sulawesi, Tana Toraja, Pangala
Religion: Aluk To Dolo (Way of the Ancestors)
Ma’nene 1 – Palau and Tandi
Palau died a year earlier, and his son (Tandi) and wife (Sarah) and other family members perform a Ma’nene ceremony, cleaning Palau’s body and drying him in the sun.
Tandi told me they did the Ma’nene ceremony to celebrate Palau and that he was happy to see his father again. Tandi would like to perform a Ma’nene ceremony with Palau every year. But, as a part of the ritual he must kill a pig as a sacrifice for Palau, making the ritual very costly for the family.Continue reading...
The Torajans believe that the Ma’nene ritual is based on an old mythical tale about a hunter, Pong Rumasek, who was out wandering in the mountains. Here he came across a dead person, whom he wrapped in his own clothes and buried. Since then, luck and happiness smiled upon him and his family.
Thank you to Palau and to Tandi and his mother for letting me document the Ma’nene with Palau.
And thank you to my guide, fixer, translator and friend Yacob Kakke.