One of the four major ethnic groups in South Sulawesi, Indonesia, inhabits the mountainous region of this continent. They are called as Toraja and it is derived from Buginese language term to riaja, means “people of the uplands”. Then in the Dutch colonial era, these people are named as Toraja.
The Toraja people are renowned for its elaborate life cycle rites and ceremonies, as rambu tuka for ritual parties held with joy and happiness. Such as after successful harvest, celebrate the new baby born, and other gratitude expressions to god.
Aside of rambu tuka,rambu solo is a more somber affair. It is associated with the period of mourning and death. And it is as an expression of sadness of families and extended relatives before delivering the descended ones to the grave in a stone hole or natural caves. Rambu solo in Toraja people life is respected as the most significant event in a life cycle. It is believed, in traditional belief, that this grand ritual ceremony is the beginning of after life. During this celebration, the families and extended relatives are glorying the descended ones to reach puya, the dreamed heaven.
Remembering the importance of this event, the preparation and implementation periods are very well considered. Each procession must be conducted in most perfect ways. There is no room for any failures. Tens, even hundreds, of chosen livestock such as water buffalo, pigs, and chicken are sacrificed and to be served to the families and guests. The sacrificed animals are referred as the way to simplify the paths of the descended ones to puya. The traditional fellows believe that these animals are the vehicles of the death to reach heaven.
In this photo stories, I acknowledge this belief into long exposure techniques. The chosen way is to provide description on this grand ceremony of rambu solo. The objective is to present and portray the moving rambu solo in order to represent my opinion on the changing way of life and ritual procession indirectly.
By applying this photographic technique, the blurred people who take contributions in rambu solo ceremony are represented as the spirits who had been in the heaven, and they are return to the earth to welcome and assist their families in the way to heaven. The returning spirits are also celebrating rambu solo in their way of participation to the ceremony. And they are playing the same function and role when they were alive.