As living human beings, the spirits are also preparing and welcoming the descended ones to the next cycle.
The bloods have been dried and aged. Its sickeningly dry and sweet metallic scent of sacrificed animals is still fresh in the atmosphere. In each day, during a week, at least one to two water buffalos are slaughtered. Pigs, chicken, and other smaller animals are uncounted.
During a week, or longer for some occasions, the family prepares a great ceremony as farewell to the descended ones. Rambu solo, as these people who inhibit the peaks of Sulawesi island, Indonesia, call it.
The rambu solo ceremony in the traditional beliefs of Toraja people is a significant phase in a cycle of life. It is believed that this occasion is the beginning of the next cycle, after death. Their efforts in preparing the descended ones in glorious and great ceremony are the form of actions in sending their families to puya, the dreamed heaven conception.
Thus, since the preparation and implementation, the families and relatives will do their bests. Each procession must be conducted in the most perfect way. The imperfections must be avoided. Tens, even hundreds, of selected high class animals such as water buffalo, pigs, chicken will be slaughtered. They will accompany the descended ones through the path to heaven, as in the traditional belief of Toraja people.
This photo project is started with an imagination of the life after death. Most of people believe that there is another phase of life after death. About spirits who are in the surrounding of living creatures. Then it comes to another imaginary scene that the spirits are coming down to the ceremony of rambu solo. As living human beings, they are also preparing and welcoming the descended ones to the next cycle.
Those spirits are invisible by living creatures. The imagination shows that they are moving souls that camera can not freeze them.
The applied photography technique is long exposure to create imaginary atmosphere of rambu solo. By utilizing such approach, the people who are in this great festival will be looked as spirits who are coming down to earth. They are coming to prepare and welcome the descended ones to the next life. A path to puya, the heaven.