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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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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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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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