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Tiwah ceremony

Tiwah or Tiwah Lale or Magah Salumpuk Liau Uluh Matei or Ngensudah is sacred ceremonies largest by Dayak Ngaju tribe in Central Kalimantan to deliver the human spirit that has been passed to Lewu Tatau Dia Rumpang Tulang, Rundung Raja Dia Kamalesu Uhate, Lewu Tatau Habaras Bulau, Habusung Hintan, Hakarangan Lamiang or Lewu Liau lying in seventh heaven.

Tiwah is a series of funerals to deliver the bones of ancestors to the last resting place. Tradition is only done by Dayak Ngaju tribe in Central Kalimantan in procession delivering ancestral spirits who have passed into the last afterlife by way purify and remove the remains from the grave to "Sandung".

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Tiwah very rare ceremony as a last ritual death in Kaharingan religion. The bodies had been buried and only the bones moved to a new place to straighten spirits journey toward Lewu Tatau or heaven that can live in peace and quiet. Tiwah implementation like pay off debts owed by the family to the ancestors.

Tiwah ceremony as well as a procession to remove Rutas or misfortune to the family of the deceased who left behind from bad influences. Tiwah ceremony also aims to untie the status of widows and widowers. They were allowed to marry again or still choose not to marry again after the ritual.

Tiwah the Dayaks are very sacred and involve rituals and dances. Tiwah ceremony is not an easy job, a family must make preparations long, very complicated and expensive. A set of ceremonial procession carried Tiwah days nonstop for over a month.

Intermediaries in the ceremony is Rawing Tempun Telun, Raja Dohong Bulau or Mantir Mama Luhing Bungai Raja Malawung Bulau residing in the third heaven. Implementation of duties and obligations Rawing Tempun Telun assisted by Telun and Hamparung through a variety of obstacles.

Vehicles used by Rawing Tempun Telun deliver Liau to Lewu Liau is Banama Balai Rabia, Bulau Pulau Tanduh Nyahu Sali Rabia and Manuk Ambun. Long walks Liau Lewu past forty layer of dew, rivers, mountains, seas and lakes. If the implementation is not perfect, the spirits will be lost.

Skeleton corpse was taken from the grave, cleaned and laid in a coffin. Dayak indigenous leaders sing using Sangiang language or the spirit languages to accompany the Liau Haring or spirit to heaven while beating a Katambung drum. The middle room full of offerings are rice, dried chicken meat and bird feathers.

In the field decorated with Sangkai Raya is the place to flag cloth and offerings to Ranying Hatala or god. Sangkai Raya surrounded Sapundu is statues carved in human form to tie the sacrificial animals are cows and buffaloes. Sapundu made of ironwood in which the process of carving, dropping off and put it through a number of traditional rituals.

The women and men use the red headband. Sacrificial animals were tied in sapundu then pierced with spears and sprinkled with rice as a form of prayer that god accepted the sacrifice. The meat of sacrificial animals was cooked and distributed to everyone. Tiwah ceremony is deaths sacred rituals Kaharingan religious in Dayak Ngaju tribe in Central Kalimantan

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Location: Central Kalimantan.

Activity: Explore ethnography, archeology, architecture, culture and culinary. Seeing sunset and sunrise, hunting photography and videography, and others.

Complementary facilities: Car parking, restrooms, restaurants, hotels and resorts.

Reach access: In the entire region of Central Kalimantan.

Routes and public transport: All flights to Tjilik Riwut Airport in Palangkaraya city, Iskandar Airport at Pangkalan Bun city, H. Asan Airport in Sampit city, Beringin Airport at the Muara Teweh city, Sangkalmo Airport in Kuala Kurun city, Kuala Pembuang Airport in Kuala Pembuang regency, Dirung Airport in Puruk Cahu city, Tumbang Samba Airport in Katingan regency and Sanggu Airport in Buntok city.

Official site:

Contact: Dinas Kebudyaan dan Pariwisata Propinsi Kalimantan Tengah
Jl. Cilik Riwut km. 5, Palangka Raya, Postal code: 73112, Phone: +625364210368

Advice: Tiwah ceremony does not have a definite timetable, but it is generally held in mid-year. For more information can visit this page or contact Department of culture and tourism Central Kalimantan Province.

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