Kambira Baby Grave

Kambira Baby Grave is a baby burial place in passiliran ritual by the Aluk Todolo religious community in Toraja tribe in Tongko Sarapung, Sangalla District, Tana Toraja Regency, South Sulawesi Province, Indonesia, where the small bodies are placed in cavities of Tarra tree and covered by palm fibers as their home.

Passiliran funeral only for babies who died before 6 years old or still suckling and not yet teething. Kambira Baby Grave is situated among the bamboo grove that makes the sun unable to penetrate into the hilly complex of 782 meters high. The people of Aluk Todolo believe that babies who die before teething are babies who are still sacred.

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The babies must be returned to their mother's womb by putting them in the tarra tree. Teaching Aluk Todolo believes the treatment will save the babies who will be born in the future. The tarra tree grows very large, has a stem diameter of about 80-100 centimeters and has a lot of sap that the community believes as a substitute for breast milk.

The living tarra tree will be carved to get a hole the size of a baby. The hole became the grave of the baby's remains laid bare and without any wrapping, then the hole closed again using the fibers of the Enau Tree.

The uniqueness of the passiliran cemetery is not to produce odors, even though the holes of the tree contain corpses. The holes will close by itself after 20 years where the tree is not overcrowded with babies and is worried about the lack of places for funerals.

Just like the graves in the Aluk Todolo culture in Toraja where the placement of infants in the tarra trees follows the social strata of their family in real life. The higher the baby's hole in the tree will show the height of the social status of the family. The burial pit is also determined by the direction of their family home.

Another baby grave is Sarapung Baby Grave located about 300 meters from Kambira Baby Grave. The tarra tree in Sarapung has a smaller diameter than Kambira, but is still growing with twigs, more branches and dense leaves. Both have a distance of 9 kilometers from Makale City.

The dead babies will live and grow with the growth of tarra trees. Cutting down trees means the same as cutting off the survival of a deceased baby. This is a taboo in the religion of Aluk Todolo.

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Location: Kambira Baby Grave and Sarapung Baby Grave in Tongko Sarapung, Sangalla District, Tana Toraja Regency, South Sulawesi Province.

Routes and public transport: All flights to Pongtiku Airport at Makale City. Then drive for 9 kilometers to Kambira Baby Grave and Sarapung Baby Grave.

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