Trunyan society has a funeral tradition in which the corpse is buried on a boulder that has a basin of 7 pieces.
Adat Terunyan Village regulates the burial procedure for its citizens. In this village there are three graves (sema) devoted to three different types of death. If one of Terunyan’s citizens dies naturally, the corpse is tortured
tupi white cloth, and then placed without burial under a big tree called Taru Menyan, in a location called Sema Wayah. However, if the cause of death is unnatural, such as an accident, suicide, or murder, the body will be placed in a location called Sema Bantas. As for
burying babies and small children, or adults who have not yet married, will be placed in Sema Muda (Rumah Miarta Yasa)
The explanation of why the corpse placed neatly in the sema (grave) did not cause a smell but naturally, but the decomposition of the corpses, caused by the tree Taru Menyan, which can produce a fragrant smell and able to neutralize the stench of corpses. Taru means tree, while Mengan means fragrant. This Taru Menyan tree, only grows in this area. Be Tarumenyan then better known as Terunyan which is believed to be the origin of the name of the village.
Why? This happens because the body is placed between the tree Taru Menyan. Taru means tree and Menyan means fragrant. Local people believe that the aroma that comes out of the taru tree is the one that can neutralize the surrounding air, so that the stench is not there, although no research can reveal how this tree can absorb the stench of human corpses buried here.
Based on the story of the local population, the villagers had suddenly approached the confusion because of the smell of fragrant smells throughout the village, even so sting many people who experience colds.
Locals have their own terms and conditions in the funeral. One of them is the number of bodies on the ground close to Trunyan tree can not be more than eleven bodies. It is governed by the belief of the local custom. But some say that one tree can only neutralize eleven bodies, so if more than that then the body will emit odors.
In addition, the bodies that can be buried under the taru tree are those who die naturally and have been married. For bodies that have become bones will be collected with others near the root of the tree, so that the place can be used for new bodies. Another uniqueness, the corpse will be covered with “Ancak” is a bamboo cage. The burial place for those who died naturally is called Sema Wayah.