TRAVELNESIA – This destination is very interesting to visit, the culture is still thick to make its own magnet for the tourists both coming from within and abroad. indeed for those who just visited Tana Toraja mystical impression is felt, but behind it all the natural scenery in Tana Toraja will make you hypnotized and want to linger – long enjoy it.
Geographically Tana Toraja is a district located in the province of North Sulawesi, and the capital of Tana Toraja is in Makale. Toraja people themselves still hold firm beliefs and lifestyles that are very similar to the culture in Nias, which makes Tana Toraja become one of the world cultural heritage sites registered in UNESCO. Tana Toraja community itself holds many traditional ceremonies in which presents a variety of dances and attractions are very interesting, and for you art lovers certainly not menyianyiakan opportunity. besides that here also there is a very unique custom house which only exist in Tana Toraja.
Activities Can Do in Tana Toraja
Here you can walk to Lemo, Londa and Allo’s, where in the area you can see a very unique cemetery that is very famous even in the international world. The cemetery is a cave – the cave is located on the rocky walls and the caves – the caves are filled with coffins and human bones, it’s we think sometimes weird, but that’s the uniqueness of the culture of the community around this tourist attraction in South Sulawesi.
If you visit Tana Toraja in June, July, or December, you can see the butchers performing dozens of pigs and buffaloes colossal. And you can also see how the uniqueness and the sakralnya culture or customs of Tana Toraja. Buffalo and pig itself is an animal sacrificed for the death ceremony in this place. According to the beliefs of the Toraja community these animals are a means of transportation to the puya for the dead human spirits. In Tana Toraja there is a traditional ceremony to catch the dead by holding a party and slaughtering dozens of buffaloes and pigs.
This ceremony is familiar with the traditional ceremony of Rambu Solo ‘death. This party is usually held for one night or even up to seven nights depending on social status in Toraja society tradition. Besides, if you want to see a typical residence or home of Toraja people Tongkonan beautifully decorated and equipped with rice barn, you can visit Ke’te Kesu Village. Here there are many rows of Tongkonan whose roof is similar to a saddle. The roof of a typical Toraja community house made of bamboo split and arranged piled up. but over the development of the roof era of a typical house Tana Toraja people use a lot of zinc as a material maker.
Tongkonan itself has a different type – different that adapted to the degree of nobility of the owner. then on the walls are decorated with abstract patterns and geometrically white, red and black natural. in Ke’te Kesu also you can meet bamboo carving craftsmen and various other traditional crafts. Then when you visit the Lemo area, you can see the grave that lies hanging on the wall which is a special grave for the nobles.
This area is called Lemo because in this place there is a stone cave that size is very large and round-shaped, the shape is similar to the citrus fruit and in the burrows to form spots as well as citrus fruits. Here also there is a customary grave chairman named Songgi Patalo who was about 500 years old. Then when you continue your visit to Suaya, you will find the tomb of the royal family, then near Sangala you will find a baby tree grave.
According to Toraja people’s own belief when there are babies or children who die then it should be buried in the tree, and the tree will grow around. In addition, when you visit Palawa, you will find a typical Toraja weaving craft center, which also includes Tongkonan and burial areas, ceremonies and festivals that are usually used by the people around this tourist spot in South Sulawesi.
Not only that, your visit can be continued to Batu Tumonga yag located on the slopes of Mount Sesean which is about 25 kilometers from Rantepao. Here you can see the natural beauty of rice fields are shaped terraces and there are many rocks.