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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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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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