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Toraja

Torajaland (Tana Toraja):

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The ancestors of Tana Toraja (Land of Toraja) arrived by boat and settled in the highlands of South Sulawesi (Celebes). They converted their boats into houses which today continue to serve as the center of community life. These houses known as Tongkonan are beautifully decorated with carvings and geometric designs. The number of buffalo horns hanging in front of a house indicates the status and wealth of the owner. Although many locals follow Christianity and Islam today, the Toraja people still maintain strong traditional rituals and elaborate funeral ceremonies. Cliff-side graves house effigies of the deceased called Tau-Tau while it is believed the soul of ancestors have departed back to the heavens. The Tongkonan roofs represent their ancestral boats turned upside down, symbolizing the ancestors descent into the material world and then rising back into the sky and land of eternity.

Learn moreĀ about this fascinating culture on: www.toraja-info.com

Getting to Toraja: Fly to Makassar also known as Ujung Pandang (UPG) Daily Garuda flights from Bali or Jakarta, Silk Air from Singapore or Air Asia from KL. From Makassar it is a full-day drive to the Toraja highlands.
There are plans to finally open the local Toraja airport at Rantepao with flights from Makassar on Trans Nusa Air.

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