Among the West Toraja of Central Celebes, posing riddles is associated not with the agricultural cycle (as among the East Toraja) but rather with wakes, the vigil held over a corpse before burial. The author relates the telling of riddles to other practices which are designed to keep the dead at a respectful distance away from the living and to help insure the success of crops.
Sulang Language Data and Working Papers: Translations from the Dutch
Sulawesi Language Alliance
Bada, Kaili Da’a, Kaili Ledo, Moma, Pamona, Rampi, Uma
bhz, kzf, lew, myl, pmf, lje, ppk
Kruyt, Albertus C.
Acciaioli, Gregory L.
Kruyt, Alb. C. 1929. Raadsels en de dooden. Feestbundel uitgegeven door het Koninklijk Bataviaasch Genootschap van Kunsten en Wetenschappen bij gelegenheid van zijn 150-jarig bestaan 1778–1928, volume 1, 383–392. Weltevreden: G. Kolff. Original pagination is indicated by enclosing the page number in brackets, e.g. [p. 383].
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