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High price of death in Toraja Land

Costly and macabre funeral rites are a dying tradition for Sulawesi's young

A buffalo tied by the nose at Bolu market (Photo by Kit Yeng Chan)

RANTEPAO, Indonesia -- The deep sound of gongs resonates across the hillside as mourners seated on bamboo platforms raise their heads in anticipation. Not so the two dozen or so buffaloes grazing quietly on the slope nearby. But the excited men and women in the assembled crowd know well that soon, one after another, the animals will fall.

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