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June 16, 2009

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(Photo 1 of 3) Flies gorge on meaty remains. f/2.8 || 1/500s || @200mm || ISO200 || Canon 350D || Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8

(Photo 2 of 3) On the final day, unclaimed meat, bloody earth and some straggling family members are all that remain. f/2.8 || 1/500s || @200mm || ISO200 || Canon 350D || Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8

Remains (Funeral Ritual III) - Rantepao, Sulawesi, Indonesia

(Photo 3 of 3) One of the children of the deceased. f/3.2 || 1/400s || @76mm || ISO200 || Canon 350D || Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8

(Rantepao, Sulawesi, Indonesia)

This christian area in Indonesia is famed for their elaborate funeral traditions. Families save their entire lives to in order to pay for animals to slaughter when loved one dies. It's not uncommon for a wealthy family to slaughter 50 water buffaloes and 100 pigs over the course of several days. The meat is later distributed to local villagers.

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