Toraja Village, Rantepao

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Experience the rich culture and exceptional hospitality of the Toraja people at Toraja Village. 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. Add Toraja Village and other attractions to your Rantepao trip itinerary using our Rantepao trip itinerary planner .
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  • Can not recommend Toraja Villa highly enough! Four amazing rooms overlooking the gardens and infinity pool with outdoor baths and showers. The living and dining area on the first floor provided a pict...  more »
  • Very nice traditional village, the houses are made with great handicraft and good they keep up this tradition.  more »
  • Nice n wonderfull...... Ritual YG only done once every 2 ATO 3 even 5 yrs once....... Toraja people perform this ritual after harvest season is done...... And who still routinely do this there in kampung2 far from the city of Rantepao... The area on the mountain.... And should go with the Guide or tour guide....
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