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Long after a Torajo funeral was over, the tao-tao figures still served an important role. They would be placed along with other ancestor's tao-taos in wooden balconies, so they could watch over the bones of the deceased and the villagers below.

MICHAEL HAMSON:

They are pointed facing outwards, looking after the living inhabitants, the living relatives and descendants of the deceased.

NARRATOR:

The tao-tao's hand positions are always the same. One hand is vertical and the other is palm up. One is making an offering and the other receiving one.

MICHAEL HAMSON:

That's a pretty good explanation for the role of the ancestors in

general. In the sense that it's a process of reciprocation, in that the good will of the ancestors is not given freely. It's a two-way street between the ancestors and the living. And I think the tao-tao hand gestures, beautifully express that.

Step23-Female Ancestor Figure Tau-tau, Toraja Culture, Sulawesi, Indonesia


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