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Toraja Land, Rantepao
(4.2/5 based on 50+ 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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  • The visit to the area was a unique experience, we were the first day of the ceremony funeral home with the family that we try in a way magnificent, until we enter his house. At some point, she started with the sacrifice of animals, pigs and oxen. Actually if one is a friend of the animals it is difficult to see this but in my case, I fuiun little more away to not see, respecting the culture that I went to meet. It is a rite, which our guide was explaining to us about the Torajas, very interesting this ethnic group that lives ' for her death. Death remain in the houses until the funeral is made (gets all the money according to the social status of the dead) and if alguienpregunta p or that person, they say that this "sick". And then the ceremonies that last between 3 and 7 days, with different aspects. Lots of food that made us participate. The next day we went to another that was a different day and so also did the ceremony, with many people carrying the coffin, to its location atop a dais until the agreed day for burial. It was very interesting to all that we live. Everyone very friendly, very attentive and wanting, despite not knowing the language, enter into conversation. It was one of the experiences more rich experience on the journey through Indonesia. I highly recommend it.
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  • Toraja adalah Kabupaten. Saya lahir di Rantepao. Saran saya jika ke Rantepao, nginaplah Di Rantepao karena dekat dengan objek wisata- objek wisata yang harus di kunjungi. Yang utama adalah kete kesu, ...  more »
  • Check out away from tourist places, the authenticity of Sulawesie, local customs, marriage, funeral, do not hesitate to see, you will always be greeted by friendly people who will share their customs. It's better with a local guide. I would recommend the Agency in Bali: Bali escape you will be well served a to z.
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