Monday, January 30, 2012

Baby Graves in Trees

 Located in the northern part of South Sulawesi, Tana Toraja to an indigenous group that still preserve and apply their ancestors’ heritages. Kambira is a village, south-east of Rantepao that is home to one of the biggest baby grave sites in Tana Toraja. Babies who have not yet begun to get their teeth are buried differently than adults. Each village is generally home to a baby grave tree, which serves as the grave site for the babies from that particular village. Instead of stone tombs, babies are interred in trees. A niche is carved out of a large tree, usually high above the ground, and the dead infant is secreted inside. A canvas-like cloth mat is used to cover the niche, but eventually the bark of the tree will close over the hole and there will be no trace of the baby. Only certain trees are used for this type of burial.

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