In the traditional beliefs of Toraja people, South Sulawesi, Indonesia, death is not the end of life cycle. It is the beginning of someone’s journey to meet The Greatest. This traditional belief conception believes that all the living things will reach puya, the dream of heaven for all people after death. It is the reason, furthermore, during the funeral ceremony, called as rambu solo, the families and extended relatives will prepare the event in the best way, and as glorious as possible, in order to prepare the descended ones to start the journey to puya.
Generally in modern time, rambu solo will be conducted in several days accordingly to the ability and capacity of the families. The event will consume amount of materials and efforts. Tens to hundreds animals must be sacrificed, the chosen and the best water buffalo as the main offerings, the numbers of visitors and guests who will be invited, and other glorious indicators will be applied to measure the pride and succeed of the event.
Before these periods, rambu solo was based on the nobility and social strata of the families in the community. Only several families were able to conduct this funeral ceremony in relatively seven days with huge sacrifices of the animals. But this current time, the length and number of slaughtered animals are accordingly to the economical capacities of the families. The richer of the families, the merrier the event.
In transforming the conception of puya, I took these photos by using infra-red modified camera. Then the post processing is transferred into monochrome. This technique is applied in order to provide imagination and fictional description, or perception, towards the conception of puya, a heaven for Toraja people after death.