Today in Central Library I was browsing the April 2016 of National Geographic when I came across a fascinating article, which you can ultimately find by searching The Google on the syntax: national geographic April 2016. Inside is an article entitled “When Death Doesn’t Mean Goodbye.” I will transcribe by hand some of the content and I’ll post the accompanying pictures.
“In a remote corner of Indonesia [island of Sulawesi] , the departed –and their corpses– remain a part of the family.”
“A family member adjusts glasses worn by Tappang Rara, who died in 2006 at age 65.”
“Friends and family inspect the body of Deborah Maupa’, who died in 2009 at age 73. A well-preserved body, mummified with a solution of formaldehyde and water, is thought to bring good fortune.”
“Risma Paembonan takes dinner to her mother-in-law, Maria Salempang, who died two weeks earlier, at 84. Time at home with parents can be highly prized. “I’m not sad, because she’s still with us,” says another says another Torajan woman of her 73 year-old-mother, who has lain dead in the house for over a year.”