DEATH CEREMONY RITUALS IN
ADINDA RIZKI NIRMALA
PROGRAM STUDI BAHASA INGGRIS
UNIVERSITAS GADJAH MADA
South Sulawesi divided into 20 regencies. One of them is called Tana Toraja, which is located on plateau in the north of capital city of South Sulawesi, Makassar. South Sulawesi known with their various ethnic groups such as: Suku Bugis, Suku Makassar, and Suku Toraja. The latest ethnic group, Suku Toraja, is the ethnic group that most of them live in Tana Toraja. According to a book Tana Toraja: A Social History of an Indonesian People, “Toraja itself is formed from word ‘to’ means people and word ‘riaja’ means highlands.” So, it means “People who living in the highlands” or highlanders.
Suku Toraja traditional ceremony and traditional house are very popular. Both of them are related. Another reason why both very popular are because both have symbols with a lot meanings. Because of the uniqueness, Tana Toraja becomes a popular tourist sites. In this paper, writer is going to write and describe the death ceremony rituals that happened in Tana Toraja. Writer hopes this paper will help people to know more about this sacral ceremony which only happened in Indonesia.
Everything that has life will be facing the death, no matter what happens. Everybody could not avoid the death. Death is like the end of human beings life’s rotation. This is why people always think that funeral –death ceremony– is an important thing to do, because the death means end of the life, and new start of the spirit to meet God.
Indonesia, with a lot of ethnic groups that lying in every corner of this country, has its own ways to do the death ceremony. From nobles until slaves, they have different ways to do the ceremonial. But, actually their aim are same. They want to let the spirits go in ease until they meet the God and rest in peace in the heaven. This is the...
Bibliography: * http://www.sulsel.go.id/wisata/Kabupaten%20Tana%20Toraja. Pemerintah Provinsi Sulawesi Selatan. Accessed on: April 8, 2013.
* http://ekorusdianto.blogspot.com/2009/11/rumah-kedua-menuju-surga.html. Pesta Terakhir Menuju Surga, November 12, 2009. Accessed on: April 8, 2013.
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