The cultural rituals of the island are what attract travellers from afar. High in the hills of Sulawesi lays Tanah Toraja, an area famed for awe-inspiring landscapes, beautiful vast rice paddies and its elaborate funeral rituals, burial customs and architecture.
Any funeral is a huge affair using all the resources of the community. After an adult dies, their body is embalmed, sewn into a red funeral casing and then can be kept in the house for a year or more before being “buried” in a cliffside cave, guarded by effigies of themselves. The bodies of children are sewn into hollow tree trunks.