baby graves

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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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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