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In Guatemala – Part five: People.

(continued from Part four: Walking in the clouds.)

“Tell me about Guatemala,” a friend shoots the question across the table at me over a fresh pint of beer. Between excursions that take me far from home, we seasonally return to this watering hole like the nomadic animals that we are. Today, perhaps I might begin with remarking about how great it is to have a proper ale touch my lips once again, but more likely I will jump write in and tell of the new friends I met on the …

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Tana Toraja: Journey to the afterlife

In Indonesia’s Tana Toraja, it is traditionally believed that death is not a sudden, dreaded event, but a gradual process toward Puya, the land of souls or afterlife. When a death occurs, the community comes together at the sound of a gong to do what they can to guide the deceased to their ancestors in the afterlife, which is said to lie to the south of the homeland. Oft times, the funeral does not happen until months after the death as the family waits for all the relatives…

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  • MariekeJanuary 15, 2013 - 1:24 pm

    Hi David,
    Beautiful! Brings back warm memories! How are.you? All the best! MariekeReplyCancel

  • DavidJanuary 15, 2013 - 3:58 pm

    I’m glad! I am well – I’ll send you an e-mail with an update soon instead of doing it on here, but suffice to say it’s nice to hear from you. 🙂ReplyCancel