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Featured Article: Toraja

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The Toraja (meaning "people of the uplands") are an ethnic group indigenous to a mountainous region of South Sulawesi, Indonesia. Their population is approximately 650,000, of which 450,000 still live in the regency of Tana Toraja ("Land of Toraja"). Most of the population is Christian, and others are Muslim or have local animist beliefs known as aluk ("the way"). The Indonesian government has recognized this animist belief as Aluk To Dolo ("Way of the Ancestors").

Torajans are renowned for their elaborate funeral rites, burial sites carved into rocky cliffs, massive peaked-roof traditional houses known as tongkonan, and colorful wood carvings. Toraja funeral rites are important social events, usually attended by hundreds of people and lasting for several days.

Popular Article: Adam Willis Wagnalls

The Wagnalls Memorial located in Lithopolis, Ohio
Adam Willis Wagnalls (September 24, 1843 – September 3, 1924) was an American publisher who was the co-founder of the Funk & Wagnalls Company established in 1877. The company became known for its reference works like the world famous Funk & Wagnalls Dictionary and an encyclopedia whose content became a part of the Encarta digital encyclopedia more than a century later.

Both founders were Lutheran ministers. During its early years the company published periodicals and religious books for the clergy. The publication of The Literary Digest in 1890 marked a change for the firm to a publisher of general reference dictionaries and encyclopedias. Norman Rockwell paintings served as covers for The Literary Digest until 1938, when it merged with the Review of Reviews, only to fail soon after.