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Toraja Land, Rantepao

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Experience the rich culture and exceptional hospitality of the Toraja people at Toraja Land. Hemmed in by mountains, the Toraja live in brightly painted wooden houses shaped like curved boats, and till the rice paddies with their highly valued water buffalo. Torajan culture revolves around their renowned funeral ceremonies, which can last days for the richest nobles. The Toraja welcome anyone who can make it to the funeral, including tourists, building special funeral structures to host the ceremony, providing food and drink, performing ritual dances, and sacrificing many water buffalo, pigs, and chickens. Around the region you'll notice the cliff graves, where tau tau (life-sized wooden effigies) sit in niches, guarding the dead. A ceremony takes place every August, where the mummified dead are exhumed, washed, groomed, and dressed in new clothes, before being paraded around the village. Make sure to leave some time for hiking, as the little developed landscape is an attraction in its own right. Note that the biggest funerals and ceremonies are held in July and August, but you can visit at other times as well, when the tourist crowds have mostly disappeared and prices are far lower. To visit Toraja Land on your holiday in Rantepao, and find out what else Rantepao has to offer, use our Rantepao trip builder.
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  • For those who go to Indonesia have to go to the Toraja area to meet the populations. The sights are amazing.
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  • Unable to find a particular point where to drag this information then, as everything has already been said about the Toraja country, I point out to To'Di actually a center of production of IKAT, batik Toraja with ability to see the cotton spinning and weaving. Not to mention the essential store.
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  • Toraja land is one the tourist destination area in indonesia that must be visited because it has very unique culture,ancient tradition,the spectacular panorama and torajan people are friendly,welcomin...  more »