Toraja's funeral ceremony; Rambu Solo the aftermath.
A mixture of dirt and buffalo's waste
In a small room covered with a lacy veil Nek Elizabeth has been "sleeping" since 2008.
The body is embalmed and is kept in a coffin, completed with Nek Elizabeth's most favorite belongings such as her dresses and jewelry.
According to her grandson, the family once did not put her favorite jewelry paired with her and Nek Elizabeth happened to came in one of her family's dream to remind the family about her jewelry.
The family is still holding a series of a complex funeral ceremonies called Rambu Solo over years, to give the family time to raise enough money for funeral expenses and until the perfect timing for funeral is chosen.
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This is the room where Nek Rakke is "sleeping" while the family preparing for the funeral ceremonies for Nek Rakke.
Nek Rakke died in 13 December 2013 but the body is embalmed and is still being kept inside the family's house in a traditional Torajans house called Tongkonan. Before the traditional funeral ceremonies are held, the body is not called to be dead but just suffering an illness as “the one who is sick” or "sleep"
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Hasanuddin International Airport, Ujung Pandang, Massar Indonesia.