The Rambu Solo Ceremony Procession, Tana Toraja Death Rituals
Rambu Solo is conducted in the day, when the sun starts to move to the west and it takes about 2 to 3 days or even 2 weeks to complete.
In general, the Rambu Solo funeral procession is divided into two categories which are the funeral procession (Rante) and arts performance.
When the funeral processions is about to begin, the body is already wrapped (Ma’Tudan Mebalun) and the wooden coffin is already decorated with gold and silver ribbons (Ma’Roto).
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After that, the body is transferred to a special field. This body transfer is escorted by a long parade together with prayers and songs of grief Not to be Ief behind, traditional music and dances are also involved in rousing up the atmosphere of the Torajanese funeral.
On the field, the buffaloes that have been prepared by the family or gifted by mourbers, are immediatelly cut by way of stashibg the neck.
Before being cut, the buffaloes are pitted against one another. This buffalo fighting attraction becomes deligh tful entertainment for the local people.
The next ritual, the body ls then processed to the funeral complex. In the middle of the journey, some amounts of money will be thrown about where people would try to tight and seize the money.
Only after that can be done the funeral worship, expression of condolences, expression of gratitude from the family, and the funeral procession.
The body will be buried on top of a cliff on the rock hill heights. Toraja people believe that the higher the funeial, then the closer they are to the spiritual realm.
After the Rambu Solo Ceremony is finished, then the person has truly left this world. In the life after death, they will tmnsferm in to wandering spirits (Bombo), deity level spirits (To Mebali Puang), or protective spin’ts (Deata).
Source : South Sulawesi Travel Guide
Tana Toraja Death Rituals