Image: Grandson and tau tau of his grandmother

Grandson and tau tau of his grandmother

A grandson poses by the tau tau of his grandmother on the occasion of her funeral. Toraja region, South Sulawesi, 1992.

Photographer:
Dr Eric Crystal
Rights:
© Dr Eric Crystal

Notes

Wooden human figures called tau tau accompany the deceased on their journey from the funeral house to the burial ground, where they watch over both the living and the dead. Once carved only for wealthy families, they are now status symbols used by a range of families.

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Tags Death Online, burial, tau tau, statue, figure, funerary, Toraja, Sulawesi, Indonesia,