Where the Spirits Live
On the island of Sumba, Indonesia, a man's primary duty in life is to construct his own tomb. Erected across from his home, the largest of these tombs are made of massive stones that can require hundreds of people to haul. The tombs will contain the remains of a man's wife and his unmarried daughters, as well as his own.
At death, a body is wrapped in fine textiles to contain the spirit for passage to the world of the dead. The corpse is moved to the tomb, where the spirits of the dead take up residence. The spirits must be fed and given gifts by the living. The textiles, jewelry, and other objects on display in this area are just some of the many things required to equip the spirit on its journey to the spirit world.