September 2, 2018 § Leave a comment

Ma’nene: When Death is Not The End

As a country with numerous ethnicity and culture, there are various festivals celebrated in Indonesia and one of the most unique that can’t be found anywhere else in the world is the Ma’nene ceremony.

  Held every three years by the Toraja community in Rinding Allo district, North Toraja. Ma’nene is the ceremony to clean and change the clothing of deceased family members.

  According to Lempo Poton resident, Jonathan Sambara, 38, Ma’nene, which means visiting the grave in the Torajan languange, starts with a meeting with the village chief and residents to set a suitable date, usually after the rice harvest season.

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The atmosphere in the village of Lempo Poton, Rinding Allo, North Toraja

The ceremony starts with the opening of the coffin after it was taken out of the grave before the body, which has been preserved, is dried using fine brushes.

  “The body is dried for a whole day to ensure it is in ‘fresh’ and clean condition before it is given a new set of clothes that were specially bought for the ceremony,” said Sambara.

  He said for the Toraja people, a funeral, cost more than a wedding as they consider it more important for the community.

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The coffin was taken out from the grave after three years during the Ma’nene ceremony

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Family members clean coffins from dust before it been taken out.

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The process of arrangement and counting the coffins after being removed from the grave

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The coffin was taken out from the grave after three years during the Ma’nene ceremony

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The process of arrangement and counting the coffins after being removed from the grave

 

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The coffin is removed from the pit to be dried before wearing a new outfit

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Family enjoy ‘Ba’Piong’, a food from smoky bamboo during the Ma’nene ceremony

“The more financially secure a family, the more it would cost because they also had to sacrifice cows and pigs for a feast for the villagers,” said Sambara.

  For Lempo Poton village chief, Ruben Limbu, the 1,066 villagers, the majority of whom are farmers and Christian Protestants, still organise the ceremony because they still holds to the customs and practices of their ancestors, who previously practice the Aluk To Dolo religion.

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Wife, Ludiah limbong wipe her late husband head, Daniel Seba Sambara after coffin well opened

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Grand daughters take the opportunity to take a selfie with the body 

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The body was sunbath and cleaned using a soft brush

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A man holds a portrait of one of his deceased family members

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Villagers involved in cockfighting games as a festival gathering in conjunction with the Ma’nene ceremony

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After sunbathing, the body is restored in the grave for a family visits on the next day

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Family members cleared the bodies using a soft brush

“The difference now is that we organise the Ma’nene ceremony only as a custom by opening the grave and cleaning the body without the worship ritual like our ancestors,” he said.

  For Ludiah Limbong, the wife of the late Daniel Sambara, the ceremony is like a reunion with her husband after a three years separation and the happiness can be clearly seen on her face during the ceremony.

  “This is a day that I have been waiting for when I can meet my husband again and all family members returned to gather and meet with Daniel.”

  The ceremony ends with the whole community gathering for a feast which is contributed by the family members who conducted the Ma’nene ceremony.

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Family members clean and change new clothes to deceased family members

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The portrait of late Daniel Seba Sambara is placed next to his grave

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Yohanis Kombok Sambara smoothed her father’s body, Peter Sampe Sambara

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The son, Jonatan Sambara, took his father around the grave to be sunned and cleaned

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The corpses issued with new clothes after three year

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 Family members kissed and hold hands of their loved one

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Family having rest and chattering during the Ma’nene ceremony

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They talked and wipes their deceased family members

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The body is tied to dried and cleaned in the Ma’nene ceremony

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Family members give flowers to a corpse as a gift during the Ma’nene ceremony

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The wife, Ludiah limbong hugged the body of his late husband, Daniel Seba Sambara before they putting back his body in the grave.

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The grave where the corpse was restored after being cleaned and left opened until the last day of the Ma’nene ceremony.

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Yadnya Kasada : A journey to the God of Mountain

July 14, 2017 § Leave a comment

Yadnya Kasada is the main festival of the Tenggerese people and lasts about a month. On the 14th day of the Kasada, the Tenggerese make the journey to Mount Bromo and make offerings of rice, fruits, vegetables, flowers and livestock by throwing them into the volcano’s caldera. These offerings are given to seek the blessings from the deity of Mount Bromo, Hyang Widi Wasa, the God of the mountain.

The origin of this ritual stems from the ancient legend of Mount Bromo, about a princess named Roro Anteng and her husband called Joko Seger. After many years of marriage, the couple remained childless. They therefore meditated atop Mount Bromo, beseeching the mountain gods for assistance. The gods granted them 24 children, with the condition that the 25th child must be thrown into the volcano as human sacrifice. The tradition of throwing sacrifices into the volcano to appease these ancient deities continues until today.

At midnight, the procession of a large variety of offerings walked to the Pura (Temple) Luhur Poten at the sea of sands right at the foot of Mount Bromo. The Dukun (Shamans), elders, Tenggerese as well as the entire Tengger community gathered to pray to God for peace, safety, good fortune, and prosperity. Nearing the first rays of dawn, all offerings were carried up to the edge of Mount Bromo’s crater, and prepared to be thrown into the deep fiery cauldron. NSTP/ADI SAFRI

IMG_4272A  view of Mount Bromo during the Yadnya Kasada Festival in Probolinggo, East Java, Indonesia.

IMG_4260‘Sesajen’ or an offerings of fruits and vegetables to seek blessings from the deity of Mount Bromo, Hyang Widi Wasa, the God of the mountain at Pura (Temple) Luhur Poten in Probolinggo, East Java, Indonesia.

IMG_4256An Indonesian Tenggerese Hindu shaman prepares Sesajen or an offerings of fruits and vegetables to seek blessings from the deity of Mount Bromo, Hyang Widi Wasa, the God of the mountain at Pura (Temple) Luhur Poten in Probolinggo, East Java, Indonesia.

IMG_4259An Indonesian Tenggerese Hindu shaman praying for worshipers at Pura (Temple) Luhur Poten as part of the Tenggerese Hindu Yadnya Kasada festival in Probolinggo, East Java, Indonesia

IMG_4253Head of an Indonesian Tenggerese Hindu shaman praying for worshipers at Pura (Temple) Luhur Poten as part of the Tenggerese Hindu Yadnya Kasada festival in Probolinggo, East Java, Indonesia

IMG_4257An Indonesian Tenggerese Hindu shaman praying for worshipers at Pura (Temple) Luhur Poten as part of the Tenggerese Hindu Yadnya Kasada festival in Probolinggo, East Java, Indonesia

IMG_4264An Indonesian Tenggerese Hindu worshiper heat their body from cold weather condition before heading to the crater of mount Bromo during Yadnya Kasada festival in Probolinggo, East Java, Indonesia.

IMG_4262An Indonesian Tenggerese Hindu shaman smokes before continue a pray at Pura (Temple) Luhur Poten in Probolinggo, East Java, Indonesia

IMG_4250An Indonesian Tenggerese Hindu shaman praying for worshipers at Pura (Temple) Luhur Poten as part of the Tenggerese Hindu Yadnya Kasada festival in Probolinggo, East Java, Indonesia

IMG_4246An Indonesian Tenggerese Hindu shaman praying for worshipers at Pura (Temple) Luhur Poten as part of the Tenggerese Hindu Yadnya Kasada festival in Probolinggo, East Java, Indonesia

IMG_4220An Indonesian Tenggerese Hindu worshipper carries offerings and make a fire ritual during the Yadnya Kasada Festival as they head to the crater of Mount Bromo in Probolinggo, East Java, Indonesia

IMG_4267An Indonesian Tenggerese Hindu worshipper carries offerings during the Yadnya Kasada Festival as they head to the crater of Mount Bromo in Probolinggo, East Java, Indonesia

IMG_4270An Indonesian Tenggerese Hindu worshipper carries offerings during the Yadnya Kasada Festival as they head to the crater of Mount Bromo in Probolinggo, East Java, Indonesia

IMG_4221An Indonesian Tenggerese Hindu worshipper carries a goat as an offerings during the Yadnya Kasada Festival as they head to the crater of Mount Bromo in Probolinggo, East Java, Indonesia

IMG_4255An Indonesian Tenggerese Hindu worshipper carries offerings during the Yadnya Kasada Festival as they head to the crater of Mount Bromo in Probolinggo, East Java, Indonesia

IMG_4254An Indonesian Tenggerese Hindu worshipper carries offerings during the Yadnya Kasada Festival as they head to the crater of Mount Bromo in Probolinggo, East Java, Indonesia

IMG_4251An Indonesian Tenggerese Hindu worshipper carries offerings during the Yadnya Kasada Festival as they head to the crater of Mount Bromo in Probolinggo, East Java, IndonesiaIMG_4261A fruit, vegetables, livestock, flowers and rice are been prepared before throwed into the crater of Mount Bromo as an offerings during the Yadnya Kasada Festival

IMG_4273A general view of worshippers gathering at the crater of Mount Bromo during the Yadnya Kasada Festival in Probolinggo, East Java, IndonesiaIMG_4276An Indonesian Tenggerese Hindu worshipper throws a chicken as an offering towards the crater of Mount Bromo during the Yadnya Kasada Festival in Probolinggo, East Java, Indonesia

IMG_4268A Hindu worshippers pray at the crater of Mount Bromo during the Yadnya Kasada Festival in Probolinggo, East Java, Indonesia

IMG_4271An Indonesian Tenggerese Hindu worshipper throws a money as an offering towards the crater of Mount Bromo during the Yadnya Kasada Festival in Probolinggo, East Java, Indonesia

IMG_4275An Indonesian Tenggerese Hindu worshipper throws a goat as an offering towards the crater of Mount Bromo during the Yadnya Kasada Festival in Probolinggo, East Java, Indonesia

IMG_4274 (1)An Indonesian villagers wait for an offerings thrown by Hindu worshippers at the crater of Mount Bromo during the Yadnya Kasada Festival in Probolinggo, East Java, Indonesia

IMG_4239An Indonesian villagers use nets as to catch a money thrown by Hindu worshippers at the crater of Mount Bromo during the Yadnya Kasada Festival in Probolinggo, East Java, Indonesia

IMG_4258An Indonesian villagers collect his catch thrown by Hindu worshippers at the crater of Mount Bromo during the Yadnya Kasada Festival in Probolinggo, East Java, Indonesia

IMG_4225A general view of worshippers gathering at the crater of Mount Bromo during the Yadnya Kasada Festival in Probolinggo, East Java, Indonesia

IMG_4249An Indonesian villagers use nets as they wait for an offerings thrown by Hindu worshippers at the crater of Mount Bromo during the Yadnya Kasada Festival in Probolinggo, East Java, Indonesia

IMG_4266A Hindu worshippers pray at the crater of Mount Bromo during the Yadnya Kasada Festival in Probolinggo, East Java, Indonesia

IMG_4263An Indonesian villagers collect his catch thrown by Hindu worshippers at the crater of Mount Bromo during the Yadnya Kasada Festival in Probolinggo, East Java, Indonesia

Thaipusam 2015

February 5, 2015 § Leave a comment

This year I came back for Thaipusam after 2 years ago. It’s a bit awkward for a first minute. Then it slowly better feeling. Below are some my pictures during Thaipusam celebration in Batu Caves.

THAIPUSAMGOMBAK 03 February 2015. A Hindu devotee takes a ritual shower before he starts his pilgrimage to the sacred Batu Caves Temple during Thaipusam festival in Batu Caves. Thaipusam is a Hindu festival celebrated mostly by the Tamil community on the full moon in the Tamil month

THAIPUSAMGOMBAK 03 February 2015. A Hindu devotee performs in a trance during a pilgrimage to the sacred Batu Caves Temple during Thaipusam festival in Batu Caves. Thaipusam is a Hindu festival celebrated mostly by the Tamil community on the full moon in the Tamil month.

THAIPUSAMGOMBAK 03 February 2015. Hindu devotee carrying a pot as participates in Thaipusam festival in Batu Caves. Thaipusam is a Hindu festival celebrated mostly by the Tamil community on the full moon in the Tamil month.

THAIPUSAMGOMBAK 03 February 2015. A Hindu devotee takes a ritual perform before he starts his pilgrimage to the sacred Batu Caves Temple during Thaipusam festival in Batu Caves. Thaipusam is a Hindu festival celebrated mostly by the Tamil community on the full moon in the Tamil month.

THAIPUSAMGOMBAK 03 February 2015. A Hindu devotee performs in a trance during a pilgrimage to the sacred Batu Caves Temple during Thaipusam festival in Batu Caves. Thaipusam is a Hindu festival celebrated mostly by the Tamil community on the full moon in the Tamil month.

THAIPUSAMGOMBAK 03 February 2015. A Hindu devotee takes a ritual shower before he starts his pilgrimage to the sacred Batu Caves Temple during Thaipusam festival in Batu Caves. Thaipusam is a Hindu festival celebrated mostly by the Tamil community on the full moon in the Tamil month

Tin Mining on HM August 9, 2014

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Nuzul Quran

July 16, 2014 § Leave a comment

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Tahfiz Students read the Quran during the coming of Nuzul Al-Quran (the revelation of the Quran) during Ramadan at Maahad Academy in Kuala Lumpur July 15, 2014. NSTP/Adi Safri

 

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Tahfiz Students trying to memorize the Quran during the coming of Nuzul Al-Quran (the revelation of the Quran) during Ramadan at Maahad Academy in Kuala Lumpur July 15, 2014. NSTP/Adi Safri

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Tahfiz Students read the Quran during the coming of Nuzul Al-Quran (the revelation of the Quran) during Ramadan at Maahad Academy in Kuala Lumpur July 15, 2014. NSTP/Adi Safri

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Tahfiz Students read the Quran during the coming of Nuzul Al-Quran (the revelation of the Quran) during Ramadan at Maahad Academy in Kuala Lumpur July 15, 2014. NSTP/Adi Safri

MAAHAD TAHFIZ BANAT AMPANG / RAMADAN

 

Tahfiz Students read the Quran during the coming of Nuzul Al-Quran (the revelation of the Quran) during Ramadan at Maahad Academy in Kuala Lumpur July 15, 2014. NSTP/Adi Safri

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