A LITTLE ABOUT TORAJA (part 3)
One of the most famous ritual ceremony in Toraja is Ma’nene. It is a traditional ritual in Tana Toraja where the remains of the ancestors of the Toraja family will be cleaned, replaced with clothes and wrapping cloth. Ma’Nene’ is a traditional ritual in the Toraja tribal culture. This ritual is a ritual in which corpses that were tens or even hundreds of years ago were removed from the grave to be cleaned and changed clothes and the wrapping cloth. This traditional ritual is included in the Rambu Solo or traditional funeral ceremony.
This ritual begins with the arrival of family members to Patane to retrieve the bodies of relatives who have died. Patane is a grave shaped house where a corpse is stored. Before opening the coffin and lifting the corpse, Ne’tomina will recite prayers in the ancient Toraja language and ask for permission from the ancestors so that the community will receive grace and blessing every planting season until harvest. Ne’tomina itself is a customary title given to an elder or leader, it can also mean priest or chief. Then the body is cleaned using a brush after being removed from Patane and the clothes are replaced with new cover or clothing. After the new clothes are put on, the body is put back into Patane. The series of Ma’nene events are closed by gathering family members at the Tongkonan traditional house to worship together.
Usually the Ma’nene ritual is performed simultaneously in one family or even one village, so this tradition lasts quite a long time. The time of the Ma’nene was based on an agreement with the family and Ne’tomina through the Village Conference. This tradition is held once in a period of three to four years to strengthen friendship so that families who are overseas can visit their parents or Nene To’dolo (ancestors).