The Afterlife of the Tana Toraja People

The Toraja "people of the uplands” are an ethnic group indigenous to a mountainous region of South Sulawesi, Indonesia, living in the regency of Tana Toraja. Before the 20th century, Torajans were relatively untouched by the outside world.

In the Toraja myth, the ancestors of Torajan people came down from heaven using stairs, which were then used by the Torajans as a communication medium with Puang Matua, the Creator. The cosmos, is divided into the upper world (heaven), the world of man (earth), and the underworld. At first, heaven and earth were married, then there was a darkness, a separation, and finally the light.

Torajans traditionally believe that death is not a sudden, abrupt event, but a gradual process toward Puya (the land of souls, or afterlife).

They are renowned for their elaborate funeral rites and burial sites. There are three methods of burial: the coffin may be laid in a cave or in a carved stone grave, or hung on a cliff. It contains any possessions that the deceased will need in the afterlife.

During the waiting period, the body of the deceased is wrapped in several layers of cloth and kept under the tongkonan (traditional Torajan ancestral house).

The soul of the deceased is thought to linger around the village until the funeral ceremony is completed, after which it begins its journey to the land of souls.

In the ritual called Ma'Nene, that takes place each year in August, the bodies of the deceased are exhumed to be washed, groomed and dressed in new clothes. The mummies are then walked around the village by following a path of straight lines.

Following these straight lines is maybe the most important part of the ceremony. According to the myth, these lines are connected with Hyang, a spiritual entity with supernatural power. As this entity only move in straight lines, the soul of the deceased body must follow the path of Hyang.

According to the Toraja people, these straight lines of spirituality and energy, similar to Ley lines, are fundamental to the existence of every soul.

Informed by their ancient ancestors, the Torajan people know: ‘Life does not end when the body dies and the soul migrates to another universe’.

Their knowledge of the afterlife is actually supported by the quantum theory of scientist Robert Lanza. The quantum theory proves that consciousness moves to another Universe after death.

Scientist Robert Lanza has no doubts that this is possible.

The theory implies that death simply does not exist. It is an illusion which arises in the minds of people. It exists because people identify themselves with their body. They believe that the body is going to perish, sooner or later, thinking their consciousness will disappear too. In fact, consciousness exists outside of constraints of time and space. It is able to be anywhere: in the human body and outside of it. That fits well with the basic postulates of quantum mechanics science, according to which a certain particle can be present anywhere and an event can happen according to several, sometimes countless, ways.

Lanza believes that multiple universes can exist simultaneously. These universes contain multiple ways for possible scenarios to occur. In one universe, the body can be dead. And in another it continues to exist, absorbing consciousness which migrated into this universe.

This means that a dead person while traveling through the same tunnel ends up not in hell or in heaven, but in a similar world he or she once inhabited, but this time alive. And so on, infinitely. So, there is abundance of places or other universes where our soul could migrate after death, according to the theory of neo-biocentrism.

But does the soul exist?

Professor Stuart Hamerofffrom the University of Arizona has no doubts about the existence of eternal soul. As recently as last year, he announced that he has found evidence that consciousness does not perish after death.

According to Hameroff, the human brain is the perfect quantum computer and the soul or consciousness is simply information stored at the quantum level. It can be transferred, following the death of the body; quantum information represented by consciousness merges with our universe and exist there indefinitely. (Quantum theory proves that consciousness moves to another universe after death).

Video below: Funeral ceremony Tana Toraja.

Video below: Robert Lanza on theory of Biocentrism.