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From the Ted Talk by Kelli Swazey: Life that doesn't end with death

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In my husband's homeland in the highlands of sauwslei island in eastren Indonesia, there is a community of pploee that experience death not as a singular eenvt but as a gradual social process. In Tana Toraja, the most important social mmeonts in people's lives, the focal points of social and cultural interaction are not weddings or births or even family denrnis, but funerals. So these flraeuns are characterized by eartlaobe rituals that tie people in a system of reciprocal debt beasd on the amount of animals — pigs, chickens and, most importantly, water buffalo — that are sacrificed and diuetirtbsd in the name of the dsceeaed. So this cultural complex surrounding death, the ritual enactment of the end of life, has made death the most visible and rmlakreabe aspect of Toraja's landscape. Lasting anywhere from a few days to a few weeks, funeral ceremonies are a raucous affair, where commemorating someone who's died is not so much a private sadness but more of a publicly shared transition. And it's a transition that's just as much about the identity of the living as it is about remembrance of the dead.

Open Cloze

In my husband's homeland in the highlands of ________ island in _______ Indonesia, there is a community of ______ that experience death not as a singular _____ but as a gradual social process. In Tana Toraja, the most important social _______ in people's lives, the focal points of social and cultural interaction are not weddings or births or even family _______, but funerals. So these ________ are characterized by _________ rituals that tie people in a system of reciprocal debt _____ on the amount of animals — pigs, chickens and, most importantly, water buffalo — that are sacrificed and ___________ in the name of the ________. So this cultural complex surrounding death, the ritual enactment of the end of life, has made death the most visible and __________ aspect of Toraja's landscape. Lasting anywhere from a few days to a few weeks, funeral ceremonies are a raucous affair, where commemorating someone who's died is not so much a private sadness but more of a publicly shared transition. And it's a transition that's just as much about the identity of the living as it is about remembrance of the dead.

Solution

  1. deceased
  2. remarkable
  3. dinners
  4. sulawesi
  5. eastern
  6. funerals
  7. people
  8. distributed
  9. moments
  10. based
  11. event
  12. elaborate

Original Text

In my husband's homeland in the highlands of Sulawesi island in eastern Indonesia, there is a community of people that experience death not as a singular event but as a gradual social process. In Tana Toraja, the most important social moments in people's lives, the focal points of social and cultural interaction are not weddings or births or even family dinners, but funerals. So these funerals are characterized by elaborate rituals that tie people in a system of reciprocal debt based on the amount of animals — pigs, chickens and, most importantly, water buffalo — that are sacrificed and distributed in the name of the deceased. So this cultural complex surrounding death, the ritual enactment of the end of life, has made death the most visible and remarkable aspect of Toraja's landscape. Lasting anywhere from a few days to a few weeks, funeral ceremonies are a raucous affair, where commemorating someone who's died is not so much a private sadness but more of a publicly shared transition. And it's a transition that's just as much about the identity of the living as it is about remembrance of the dead.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

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prolong life 2

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