This is a candid of my friends uncle.
He was a bit stressed with assisting with such a big event.
He did a lot of the chopping up of the buffalo.
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I went for a day trekking around Toraja. However I got a cold for the next two days after that. So that was a shame. This family was happy for me to take pictures of there village as they played Javan pop music under the rice barn. Apparently most of the thousands of colorfully painted rice barns throughout Toraja are empty (of rice), and just for funeral decorations now. Funerals are the major event focus for the area.
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I was visiting my friend Captain Yusrain, head of the Kalimantan military police, and he was showing me his home town. It was Ramadan, so we stopped to have a break and get in the shade. As all the Muslims are supposedly "Puasa" (Fasting), including the children. It seems bubble gum is a great way to keep your stomach away from the hunger pains.
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This guy was the head butcher for the funeral. He didnt do the slaughtering, that was a different profession altogether. No this guy did the skinning and chopping. He also seemed to double as a chef, throwing bits of meat, stomach and brain to a big smoking cauldron in the village square. Unfortunately the broth seemed to give people stomach cramps. Maybe the preparation of the meat on the ground with the stomach contents?
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