|Reading prayers graveside|
My friend, Nek Su, is a repository of many Cocos Malay traditions. He instructed us and others in Cocos Malay dancing. He also catches fish to order--his wife, Ayesha--simply requests one kind of fish, and Nek Su goes out to the lagoon and catches.
2011 was a time of deep bereavement for Nek Su as his father, aged in his 90s, passed away. As Monika and I were undertaking our first fieldwork visit, I took some photos and asked questions to learn about mourning in a Cocos Malay community.
I was told that there is a committee which is responsible for washing the corpse at funerals and has duties at other festivities.
|Before leaving for Pulu Gangsa|
|Men, dressed in white, and shading from the heat with umbrellas, perform prayers graveside.|
|A mourner takes some time out.|
The corpse, wrapped in a white shroud, was placed in the grave and then covered with soil, in accordance with Islamic practice.