Traditional buffalo fight or Tedong Ma'pasilaga in Torajan language are held during the Rambu Solok ceremonies. The Rambu Solok ceremony are the most waiting event to all tourist that came to Tana Toraja but sometimes their too focus watching the ceremony inside the village and missed to see the traditional buffalo fight that held in the paddy field near the village. The most interesting in this traditional buffalo fight is how Toraja indigenious people yelling and screaming in purpose to give spirit to the buffalo. No buffalo will die or executed in this fight, cause after one of the buffalo runs the fight was over and they will perform in others ceremonies as the star..!!.
Exotic Mountain or Gunung Nona (In Indonesian language) or Buntu Kabobong (in Toraja Traditional Language) that has mean "The Mount Of Girl". There is a myth that this mountain was made by God curse. That happen when God know there was a king in Sulawesi that want to married his own daughter, so the king and her daughter was cursed into a mountain.
This mount is located in Enrekang district that will pass by everyone that want to visit Tana Toraja district, but many tourist always missed this great scenery because they prefer to go to Tana Toraja district at night.
Visitors that want to see the scenery also can take a rest in a hotel and cafe that build directly in the front of the mount, so people can enjoy that beautiful scenery while drink a cup of tea or coffe before continuing journey to Tana Toraja.
Sulawesi can boast of having the longest coastline and had for long a thriving maritime industry. Much products harvested from the sea are being exported - live fishes and shark fins etc. These industries, the ordinary people do not see. But there is an interesting activity that everyone can participate - help the hard working fishermen clear their catches.
Paotere is one of the 2 landing points for daily catches and within the city limits.
Most visitors to this port, made straight for the right hand edge where ancient ships were put on displaying. No attempts made to arouse interest on the role this important activity of fishing played in our life. Seen only in special places like Paotere, the dirty and smelly local fish market. For us, this is the highlight of our trip. wanting to know the type of fishes brought in and how the catches were handled.
We were in for a disappointment! Instead of seeing large crates of expensive fishes changing hands, we only saw the remnants, small scale transactions. The prized catches were earlier settled on board, even before the boats reached the wharf. The high end products reserved for long term buyers.
Upon arrival, the second grade fishes were sorted for the local commercial buyers. These are people consisting of fish mongers who offer these fishes for sale in local markets, then some, stall owners of Ikan bakar stalls.
Very minimal transactions seen but I managed a couple of pictures. This is part of the unloading processes.
Lastly, the left-overs for small time buyers and walk-in like us. It is no wonder that the fishes put up for sales are in small quantity and also the lower grades catches. For domestic users, this would be heaven for us, if such fishes were offered to us. They may be small but definitely very fresh.
Among the pictures attached, there must be a few type of fishes that are good and expensive.
We donot know exactly when rice came into human origins because of its antiquity. That the origins of its domestication ranks as the upmost importance in human history, is a true fact.
It's supposed the rice-culture originated in China, and got to Celebes/Sulawesi from India. Still you can watch the famous "rice-paddy" scenes in Sulawesi, included around Makassar/Ujung Pandang ... just keep your eyes awakenin' when whizzing along the road.
Rice is growing all over and can be planted to 2 crops of rice a year (irrigated lowland). When jungle is burned off to enrich the soil in preparation for planting, you'll find the "ladang". The better known wet rice is grown on a "sawah". Its history behind the terraces is of a rich beauty, rather complex in production, and a lot of hard work.
The origin of rice has been attributed to a truly Goddess in Asia. Usually the grain got out of her body and is regarded as sacred. It is obvious some details have different origins from culture to culture, though the Rice Goddess generally manifests in the spirit of rice. In Indonesia she is named Dewi Sri and, supported by some beautiful legends.
We knew bad weather was coming up. Still we sailed for the Samalona Island. Funny, at those times I had never heard about "Lampor", the foreboding of the Javanese Ratu Kidul. The complete silence, some bad, strongly sudden winds and dancing waves when "Lampor" ...
It started at the Samalona Island. The sailor warned to go back earlier. We payed attention, ofcourse, though we walked over the island watching the horrible whirlpools in the ocean-water ... the same we had to cross at the moment the sky turned into a black mass. There were the complete silence, some bad, strongly sudden winds. The sailing-home trip took about one hour more! Still we had a great experience dancing on the waves in front of Ujung Pandang. A little later I got involved with the myths about the legendary Javanese Ratu Kidul ...
Dramatic Clouds At Beach