Lo'ko' Mata

Lo’ko’ Mata

March 05, 2013 / by / 0 Comment

In the mountains of Batutumonga you will find the burial site of Lo’ko’ Mata.  You’ll find 20-30 burial chambers cut out of one giant rock. Although it’s not really common at Lo’ko’ Mata, you will see a couple of Tau Tau, realistic looking wooden ancestor statues, lined up on a small balcony and a nice big buffalo head cut out of the rock. Walk around the big rock. On the left side you will find an open grave. The door to the grave is only 80x80cm but the actual grave inside measures 2m x 2m x 1m and is big enough for several coffins. At Lo’ko’ Mata you will also find a couple of smaller megaliths. Entry fee: free! How to get there? Jump on a Bolu-Batutumonga pete-pete and ask the driver to drop you off at the burial site (ask “kiri decat di Lo’ko’ Mata”). It is located next to the main road.

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Pasar Bolu

Pasar Bolu – Bolu’s Buffalo Market

February 27, 2013 / by / 1 Comment

Every six days it’s market day in Bolu, a small village located about 1 km from the center of Rantepao. Pasar Bolu is a unique traditional Torajan public market that draws crowds from all over Tana Toraja. You can go there for the usual stuff like fruit & vegetables, fish and household stuff, but also for Torajan coffee, traditional Torajan spices (pamarassan…) or traditional Torajan cakes & candy. But the largest part of the market is reserved for buffalos and pigs. Hundreds of buffalos and hundreds of pigs are on sale, including the infamous and very expensive Tedong Bonga. People come from all over Toraja to sell their animals. For most animals this is their last stop before they head to a funeral to get sacrificed. Click here for a schedule of Bolu’s Buffalo Market days. How to get there? Jump on a northern bound Kijiang. Bolu Market is their final destination. The Kijiangs will take you there for 2,000 rp only. View Larger Map

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Lemo

Lemo

February 15, 2013 / by / 0 Comment

Lemo is probably the best known and most visited burial site in Tana Toraja. It is located 10 km south of Rantepao, on the road to Makale. The sheer rock face has a whole series of galleries with Tau Tau, realistic looking wooden ancestor statues, representing the dead persons inside the graves. Walk around the side of the cliff to find more rock graves and hanging and falling coffins. Close to the rock you will find little huts where men are carving (and selling) tau tau and of course numerous souvenir stalls selling everything from wood carvings to keychains and t-shirts. The whole burial site itself is surrounded by beautiful rice paddies. The best time to visit Lemo is early in the morning, when the sunlight is coming from the right direction to make beautiful photos. 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 Lemo”). From there on it’s a 20 minute walk. View Larger Map

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