Director : PATRICK KERSALÉ | FULL HD | Duration : 26′ | INDONESIA | 2012
The Toraja live on the island of Sulawesi, Indonesia. The funerals of the high nobility are part of the excess: more than three thousand guests during a week, hundreds of animals sacrificed, large rounds of dancing singers … By these sumptuous and extravagant rituals, the deceased will start on the road of ancestrality. In return, the living will receive the protection of ancestors.
Dana Rappoport, ethnomusicologist at the CNRS, has been studying the music of the toraja people since 1991. It sheds new light on the role of songs and funerary dances, on the changes that have taken place over the last few decades, notably because of Christianization.