Tana Toraja Photo Story

Tana Toraja in highland South Sulawesi, Indonesia has been popular for its unique grave and the fabulous funeral ceremony (or party?), Rambu Solok. The Torajan consider death to be as important as life. That’s why, a funeral ceremony could worth much more than a wedding.

Unlike in any other parts of the world where usually a dead body is buried in a graveyard, Torajan people will put the corpse inside the cave or rock, even inside a tree for an infant.

Tana Toraja is also popular for its distinctive traditional a boat-shaped house, Tongkonan.

I  was not quite lucky to witness the legendary Rambu Solok ceremony, but I have some pictures to show about Tana Toraja. Enjoy!

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Kete Kesu, a village of traditional house Tongkonan and a complex of tombs
Tongkonan
Tongkonan- the Torajan traditional house decorated with buffalo horns
One of the tomb
One of the tomb
Tombs in a cave, from many many years ago
Tombs in a cave, from many many years ago

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A rice barn, to store the harvested rice, quite similar to Tongkonan
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The villagers were building a bamboo-structured shelter for Rambu Solok ceremony
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Tedong Bonga, the buffalo used for Rambu Solok ceremony
Another tomb, in a hill with the statues of the dead person outside the cave
Another tomb, in a hill with the statues of the dead person outside the cave

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Borin" Parinding, a ceremonial ground with menhirs
Borin” Parinding, a ceremonial ground with menhirs
Woven fabric with Torajan pattern
Woven fabric with Torajan pattern
Tau-Tau, statue resembling a dead person
Tau-Tau, statue resembling a dead person
Pallawa Village, many woven clothes with beautiful patterns
Pallawa Village, many woven clothes with beautiful patterns

Pallawa Village

 

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