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IrrevocableA Philosophy of Mortality$
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Alphonso Lingis

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780226556765

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226557090.001.0001

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The Babies in Trees

The Babies in Trees

(p.155) The Babies in Trees

Alphonso Lingis

University of Chicago Press

In Tora Toraja stillborn babies and babies who die before their first milk tooth emerges are buried in holes cut in living trees. The tree that is chosen, a Tarra’ tree, has white milk sap that flows when the hole is cut in it and surrounds the baby with nourishment, the vital milk that the mother is unable to give it. And the tree takes nourishment from the body and soul of the baby.

Keywords:   Tora Toraja, infant burial in living trees, nourishment

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