A 40 year old Indonesian man was killed by his mother’s coffin which fell from a funeral tower and crushed him during a service on the island of Sulawesi.
Samen Kondorura, met his death on Friday when pallbearers lost their footing while carrying the coffin up a bamboo ladder in the Parinding valley in North Toraja district, local police said.
The casket fell as the group hoisted it onto a lakkian, an ornately carved tower where the deceased is placed before elaborate traditional funeral rites.
“As the mother’s coffin was being raised to the lakkian, suddenly the ladder shifted and collapsed, the coffin fell and hit the victim,” Julianto Sirait, chief commissioner of the Tana Toraja resort police confirmed. Sirait said the accident happened because the ladder was not properly reinforced but the family has declined to press charges.
‘The body of Kondorura is now resting alongside his mother Berta,’ he added.
When ethnic Torajans die, local residents hold elaborate funerals that can last for days and involve music, dance and the sacrifice of water buffalo.
Source: Standard Media