papabatu

Papa Batu Tongkonan

March 30, 2013 / by / 0 Comment

On the road from Makale to Bittuang  you will find Papa Batu. Sitting near the top of a hill where you will find Toraja’s last surviving stone roofed Tonkonan still standing after 700 years. Ten generations of the same family have lived in the Tongkonan since its first construction. visitors are welcome to enter on one condition: To knock on the door not with their hands but with their heads three times. Torajans believe that by doing it that way, no harm will come to them on the way home! Entry fee: 20,000 rp. How to get there? Jump on a Makale bound Kijang and get out at Makale terminal. Then jump on a Bittuang bound Kijang asking the driver to drop you off at the junction of Tumakke’ (Kiri dekat de jalan Tumakke’) Then it’s a ten minute walk up to Papa Batu, located next to the village of Desa Banga.

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Map of Toraja

Map of Toraja

March 11, 2013 / by / 1 Comment

Essential for any visit to Tana Toraja is a map of the whole region including all places of interest. Click on a place below to get more information about it. Or download the map as a .pdf on the bottom of this page. Places of interest 1/ Batutumonga. amazing views 2/ Benteng Pongtiku. fort 3/ Bori’. burial site, ceremonial ground & megaliths 4/ Buntu Pune’. traditional village 5/ Kambira. baby graves 6/ Ke’te’ Kesu’. traditional village 7/ Lemo. burial site 8/ Lempo. ceremonial ground & megaliths 9/ Lo’ko’ Mata. burial site 10/ Londa. burial site 11/ Makula. hot springs 12/ Marante. burial site 13/ Nanggala. traditional village 14/ Pala’ Tokke’. hanging graves 15/ Palawa’. traditional village 16/ Pasar Bolu. buffalo market 17/ Pongtiku Airport 18/ Rante Karassik. ceremonial ground & megaliths 19/ Sarambu. waterfalls 20/ Suaya. royal burial site 21/ Tampangallo’. burial site & baby graves 22/ Tilangnga. natural swimming pool 23/ To’ Barana. traditional village & weaving center 24/ Tumakke. traditional village Download Click here to download the map as a .pdf (6,5 MB). Print it and bring it with you to Tana Toraja!

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Londa

Londa

March 11, 2013 / by / 0 Comment

Londa is a grave site located 5 km south of Rantepao, on the road to Makale. Three methods of burial are customary at Londa. Here, the coffins of ordinary people are placed in caves and crevices at the foot of the hill. Bring a powerful torch or hire an oil lamp for 25,000 rp. The remains of persons of higher rank rest in burial chambers carved from the wall of the limestone cliff. The latter are accompanied by tau tau, realistic looking wooden ancestor statues, placed close to the chamber. The higher the status of the deceased, the higher the chamber, which can be situated as far as 50 meters from the ground. There are also some newer graves which Torajans refer to as banua tai ma’rambu (the house without smoke). Entry fee: 20,000 rp per person. How to get there? Jump on a Rantepao-Makale bemo and ask the driver to drop you off at the turn-off to the burial site (ask “kiri decat di jalan Londa”). From there on it’s a 20 minute walk. View Larger Map

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Kambira

Kambira

March 10, 2013 / by / 0 Comment

On the road from Sangalla’ to Suaya you will find Kambira. Surrounded by a bamboo forest you will find a large tree containing several baby graves. Some of them are more than 100 years old. When a baby that does not have any teeth yet dies in Tana Toraja, it is brought within the hour to the baby tree of the village, where a the a small ceremony is held (no buffalos are sacrificed). Torajans believe that by doing it that way, the spirit of the baby will grow up together with the tree to reach the sky, where it can go to the afterlife. Entry fee: 20,000 rp. How to get there? Jump on a Makale bound Kijang. Just before Makale, the driver will ask you to leave the vehicle. At that place you are able to take on a pete-pete to Sangalla’. From there on, travel by ojek to Kambira.

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Ke'te Kesu'

Ke’te Kesu’

March 08, 2013 / by / 0 Comment

From all interesting places to visit in Tana Toraja, Ke’te’ Kesu’ is the most complete settlement. The site consists of a compound of houses and granaries, a burial place, ceremonial grounds, ricefields and water buffalo pasture. The cultural landscape around Ke’te’ Kesu’ makes this area one of the most beautiful places in Tana Toraja. Ke’te Kesu’ compound comprises 6 traditional tongkonan houses and 12 granaries. The houses and granaries are laid out in the traditional arrangement and one of the houses serves as a museum. To the north, at a distance of about 50 meters, lies the ceremonial ground, displaying more than 20 megaliths. Entry fee: 20,000 rp per person. How to get there? Jump on a Bolu-Ke’te Kesu’-La’bo pete-pete and ask the driver to drop you off at the turn-off to the burial site (ask “kiri decat di jalan Ke’te Kesu’”). From there on it’s a 20 minute walk.

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Palawa'

Palawa’

March 07, 2013 / by / 1 Comment

Another traditional village is Palawa’, a compound of traditional houses and granaries. In total there are 11 tongkonan and 15 granaries. Like many Toraja compounds, the Palawa’ houses and granaries are arranged in two parallel rows aligned east-west direction. The houses face north, while the granaries face south. The entrance is situated in the western side of the compound. The ceremonial ground lies about 350 meters to the east. Entry fee: 20,000 rp! How to get there? Jump on a Bolu-Sa’dan pete-pete and ask the driver to drop you off at the burial site (ask “kiri decat di Palawa’”). It is located next to the main road.

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Buntu Pune'

Buntu Pune’

March 07, 2013 / by / 1 Comment

Formerly, the sites of Buntu Pune’ and Rante Karassik belonged to one integrated settlement. Buntu Pune’ was the dwelling compound and Rante Karassik was the ceremonial ground. Although these sites are now separated due to recent development, the sites still function as they did in the past. You will find 7 granaries and 2 big traditional tongkonan built around 1880. All are owned by the family of Pong Maramba, an important coffee farmer in Tana Toraja. On a hill behind the granaries you can see the the grave of Pong Maramba. It is said this was the first building in Tana Toraja made of concrete. Entry fee: free! How to get there? The easiest way is to jump on an ojek or sitor in town. It’s located just outside of town.

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Rante Karassik

Rante Karassik

March 07, 2013 / by / 1 Comment

The site of Rante Karassik is a ceremonial ground on a sloping hill just outside Rantepao including several big megaliths. This site is actually a part of the Buntu Pune traditional settlement. Until today, the Buntu Pune people still use the ground for certain ceremonies, in particular those connected with death. Since Rante Karassik is situated quite far from the Buntu Pune compound, the two sites appear to be quite separate. Uniting them is no longer possible, since recent development has resulted in a dense population of the area in between. Entry fee: free! How to get there? The easiest way is to jump on an ojek or sitor in town. It’s located just outside of town.

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Suaya

Suaya

March 06, 2013 / by / 0 Comment

In Suaya, in the south-east of Tana Toraja, surrounded by ponds and rice paddies, you will find the tombs of the royal family of Sangalla’. Since the royal family didn’t allow any other families to have graves closeby, the giant rock of Suaya just has a few graves. But the huge amount of old Tau Tau (40-50), realistic looking wooden ancestor statues placed on several big and small balconies, shows the wealth of the family. On the right side of the rock you will find stairs. Go up for a nice view over the royal rice paddies. Also find a small museum on the right side where skulls & bones and some old wooden coffins can be seen. Some of them are shaped as buffalos. Go a little further on the road in the direction of Sangalla’ and Makula’ and you will find the royal ceremonial grounds on your left side, containing several strangely shaped megaliths. Entry fee: 20,000 rp. How to get there? Jump on a Makale bound Kijang. Just before Makale, the driver will ask you to leave the vehicle. At that place you are able to take on a pete-pete to Sangalla’. From there on, travel by ojek to Suaya.

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Bori' Parinding

Bori’ Parinding

March 06, 2013 / by / 1 Comment

On the road from Rantepao to Batutumonga, in the middle of stunning rice paddies, you will find the site of Bori’ Parinding. It is a combination of ceremonial grounds and burials. The ceremonial ground is an open space used for traditional ceremonies, including rituals for the dead and thanksgiving. More than a hundred megaliths stand on the ceremonial ground, each representing a feast of merit performed in the past by a person of high status. Human remains are placed in stone chambers carved out of huge stone boulders, which lies scattered around the ceremonial ground. There are five tongkonan compound spread around the area. Bamboo is now planted in some places around the ceremonial ground to replace the extinct bamboo forest of the traditional settlement. In the middle of the bamboo trees there’s some baby graves cut out of a tree. Entry fee: 20,000 rp. How to get there? Jump on a Bori’ bound pete-pete and ask the driver to drop you off at the burial site (ask “kiri decat di Bori’ Parinding”). It is located next to the main road.

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