When Death Doesn’t Mean Goodbye

One night, a little before seven, Elisabeth Rante pulls a golden curtain back from the doorway. Together we slip inside. She speaks to her husband. "Papa ... Papa," she whispers. "We have a guest from far away." Behind us, second eldest son Jamie enters the room with a tray and walks up quietly. "Here is your rice, Papa. Here is your fish. Here are...
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Cultural Commoditization in Tana Toraja, Indonesia

In 1984 the Indonesian director general of tourism declared Tana Toraja Regency the touristic "prima donna of South Sulawesi." In a little more than 15 years the Toraja people of upland Sulawesi had gone from anthropological obscurity to touristic celebrity. Known for their spectacular funeral rituals, effigy-filled burial cliffs, and elaborately c...
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