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Toraja Land, Rantepao

Categories: Neighborhoods, Tourist Spots
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4/5 based on 40+ reviews on the web
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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  • We visited Tana Toraja in September 2016 and it was excellent. We found positive reviews of a guide called Arru here on Tripadvisor and contacted him one week before our arrival in Makassar. Arru pick...  read more »
  • If we do l ' effort to visit the Sulawesi (appalling road) it only fau not missing this region customs strange to us. The inhabitants are wonderfully open, welcoming. A sefour who does s not forget!
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  • I wanted to go in Sulawesi in order to attend the "famous" funeral ceremonies and to visit their own villages. I live in Kerobokan (Bali) I took a flight to Makassar where I expected a nice driver and with him I was 8 hours of EIGHT. My arrival in Rantepao was at about 20 ... dinner and go to bed in one of the many guest house in the area. After a poor breakfast the owner of the guest house tells me that in the morning there was a funeral of a very important person and that the sacrifice of animals would have been very relevant. What luck I mumble, not always include events of this magnitude. With the driver I go onsite .... an amphitheatre of wooden houses with a large central space and the body of the deceased atop a stage ... an elderly woman already several tourists were waiting with their cameras the buffaloes with their owners began to I will have counted about twenty. After speeches incomprehensible to my ears and started the carnage of the poor animals .... owners were caressing the poor beast with one hand and with the other with a razor-sharp blade the cut throat, the poor animal in a first moment doesn't notice (see the structure of the neck) but then collapses with fountains of blood from his throat .... terrible all this happens on a deafening noise of people talking on the MIC I say the driver to leave and he surprised I says it's only just begun ... to me it was enough. I visited around the world and I have always respected the traditions of their inhabitants, there this animal will accept the gratuitous violence ever, holding then aware that the Buffalo is the animal works from morning to night in the rice fields The Indonesia has fantastic Islands with spectacular ceremonies go there but don't bother going to Toraja in Sulawesi to see these cruelties adriano
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