Contemporary Funeral Rituals of Sa’dan Toraja

From Aluk Todolo to "New" Religions

Michaela Budiman

Contemporary Funeral Rituals of Sa’dan Toraja

Michaela Budiman

Distributed for Karolinum Press, Charles University

170 pages | 40 halftones, 3 tables | 6 3/4 x 9 1/2 | © 2013
Paper $25.00 ISBN: 9788024622286 Published October 2013 Not for sale in the Czech Republic and the Slovak Republic
The Sa’dan Toraja are an ethnic group who live primarily on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi. This rigorous academic study by noted expert Michaela Budiman examines the deep cultural shifts among the Toraja during the last century through the lens of their most important ritual— funerals. This book specifically addresses the conversion of the Toraja from their indigenous religion, Aluk Todolo, to Christianity and how this shift is reflected in their contemporary funeral practices and understanding of both death and grief.  


1              Introduction

2              The Foundations of Toraja Culture

3              Forms of Funeral Rituals in the Past and Today

4              Conclusion




Glossary and Index

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