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    Pasar Bolu - Buffaloes - Bufalos

    by elpariente Updated Dec 29, 2014

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    Pasar Bolu (means: Betel vine leaf market) is a market that is held every six days in Rantepao.
    It has a section devoted to the sale of buffaloes that come from all over Indonesia, because here some can reach very high prices, because for the Toraja is not just an animal to work in the field, but for them they have a special significance since the buffaloes accompany them in the after death world.
    The buffalo is a symbol of the sacrifices, the social level, wealth and are used as payment for dividing heritages or to arrange marriages
    To get an idea of the importance of this market, in one day can be sold over 500 buffaloes and while normally a black buffalo can cost $ 2,000, one albino can get a price up to $ 80,000
    When selling a buffalo, the price is divided by the dealer that can get 50% and the other half was shared between the owner and the workers
    A very interesting site
    Pasar Bolu ( quiere decir: Hoja de Betel ) es un mercado que se realiza cada seis días en Rantepao.
    Tiene una sección dedicada a la venta de búfalos que vienen de todo Indonesia, pues aquí algunos pueden alcanzar precios muy caros, ya que para los Toraja no son sólo un animal para trabajar en el campo, sino que para ellos tienen una significación especial ya que les acompañarán después de muertos en el otro mundo
    El búfalo es el símbolo de los sacrificios, del nivel social, de riqueza y se utiliza como pago para dividir herencias o para acordar matrimonios
    Para hacernos idea de la importancia de este mercado, en un día se pueden vender más de 500 búfalos y mientras un búfalo normal negro puede costar 2.000 $, uno albino puede llegar hasta a valer hasta 80.000 $
    Cuando se vende un búfalo, el precio se divide entre el tratante que se puede llevar el 50% y la otra mitad se la reparten el dueño y los trabajadores
    Un sitio muy interesante

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    Londa

    by elpariente Written Dec 29, 2014

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    Another burial in two large caves that is in the village of Londa.
    In these tombs are living ancient remains and very fresh graves in which you can see the presents that friends and family have left , as cigarretes, water bottles, flowers ...
    The Tau Tau from their privileged positions on balconies, seem to be guarding and protecting their entire family

    Otro enterramiento que está en dos grandes cuevas en el pueblo de Londa .
    Lo comparten tumbas y restos centenarios con tumbas muy recientes en las que se pueden ver aún los presentes que han dejado los amigos y familiares, como tabaco, botellas de agua, flores...
    Los Tau Tau desde sus puestos privilegiados en los balcones, parece que están vigilando y protegiendo a toda su familia

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    Kete Kesu

    by elpariente Updated Dec 29, 2014

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    Kete kesu is another very pretty village, with its aligned Tongkonan and barns in front
    You can visit a Tongkonan, which is interesting, because you can get an idea of how Torajas life is organized
    There is also a small museum and here you can buy some souvenirs
    Leaving the village you can visit the cemetery where there are Tau taus, tombs shaped like boats, buffaloes, modern tombs and lots of human bones

    Kete kesu es otro pueblo muy bonito , con sus Tongkonan alineados y sus graneros enfrente
    Se puede visitar un Tongkonan, que es interesante, pues puedes hacerte una idea de como se organiza la vida de los Torajas
    También hay un pequeño museo y aquí se pueden comprar algunos recuerdos
    Saliendo del pueblo se puede visitar el cementerio en el que hay Tau taus, tumbas con forma de barcos, de búfalos, tumbas modernas y gran cantidad de huesos humanos
    Vale la pena visitarlo

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    Cockfight The palenque-Pelea de Gallos El Palenque

    by elpariente Updated Dec 28, 2014

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    In the centre and well located is the Palenque (The Arena) where cocks are fighting and everybody around has access to see it
    There are very few people in the Palenque, judges and owners of the cocks, the rest of the people watch from far away and may imagine what is going on in the few minutes that lasts the fight

    To distinguish the cocks from afar, and to know who wins the betting one owner wears a cap (Sonko sonko) and the other carries a tape (Beke beke).
    With these words everybody cheers before the fight to the cock they want want to be the winner
    "Sonko sonko !!!"

    En el centro y bien localizado está el Palenque ( La Arena ) donde pelean los gallos y puede verlo todo el mundo que está alrededor aunque están a mucha distancia
    Hay muy poca gente en el Palenque , los jueces y los dueños de los gallos, el resto se imagina lo que está pasando en los pocos minutos que dura la lucha
    Para distinguirlos de lejos, y saber quien gana las apuestas un gallero lleva gorro (Sonko sonko ) y el otro lleva una cinta ( Beke beke ).
    Con estas palabras jalean antes de la pelea al gallo que quieren que gane " Sonko sonko !!! "

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    Cockfight- The Cock - Pelea de Gallos - El Gallo

    by elpariente Written Dec 28, 2014

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    Here the cock is king
    His owners walk proudly, showing it to find an opponent of its category,they test with other coks and if the owners agree they take them to fight in the arena
    They put blades on the spurs, they face them and in a few seconds the dreams of his owner will come true or will vanish and they will have to start breeding and training other fightcock, so that in the next fight he can win and in this way he will help the family finances
    A good fightcock is the dream of every farmer
    Aquí el gallo es el rey
    Sus dueños lo pasean orgullosamente, enseñándolo para buscar un contrincante de su categoría, lo prueban enfrentándolo a otro de la misma categoría y si están de acuerdo los llevan a pelear al palenque
    Les ponen unas cuchillas en los espolones, los enfrentan y en unos pocos segundos los sueños de su dueño se convertirán en realidad o se esfumarán y tendrá que volver a empezar criando y entrenando otro gallo de pelea, para que en la próxima pelea pueda conseguir un premio que ayude a su economía familiar
    Un buen gallo es el sueño de cualquier campesino

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    Cock Fight is Legal? -La Pelea de Gallos es Legal?

    by elpariente Written Dec 28, 2014

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    Legal or illegal?
    It is not clear whether cockfighting is legal or illegal, because apparently under the law of Indonesia seems that they are not, but after what we saw ...
    If you are lucky enough to attend a cockfight, do not miss it, you will see the animation there, people betting, cock owners dreaming with a winning rooster and others resigned with the cooks who have failed to win ... it's a festival
    Legal o ilegal ?
    No me queda claro si las peleas de gallo son legales o ilegales, pues por lo visto según la ley de Indonesia parece que no lo son, pero después de lo que vimos...
    Si tienes la suerte de asistir a una pelea de gallos, no te lo pierdas, verás la animación que hay, la gente apostando, los dueños soñando con su gallo ganador y resignados los que no han podido ganar ... todo es una fiesta

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    Tampangallo

    by elpariente Updated Dec 28, 2014

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    You reach Tampangallo across an area of rice fields and then comes the big surprise because here in very ancient caves, you find a spectacle difficult to explain.
    Inside the caves, there are burials that have more than 100 years, in wood boats, that some of them are rotted over the time, where were buried the bodies of several relatives dead
    We can also see Tau Taus, of those who gained the right to have them, because in their funeral were sacrificed more than 25 buffaloes
    In the cave you can see also many human bones, skulls, crossbones ... arranged in perfect disorder.
    It is not easy to describe
    Llegas a Tampangallo atravesando una zona de arrozales y aquí viene la gran sorpresa pues aquí en unas cuevas muy antiguas, encuentras un espectáculo difícil de explicar.
    Hay dentro de las cuevas, enterramientos que tendrán más de 100 años, en barcos de madera enteros o que se han podrido con el paso del tiempo y que albergaban los cuerpos de varios difuntos de la misma familia
    También podemos ver Tau Taus, de aquellas personas que consiguieron el derecho para tenerlos, pues en su funeral sacrificaron más de 25 búfalos
    En la cueva se pueden ver multitud de huesos humanos, calaveras, tibias... ordenados en perfecto desorden
    No es fácil describirlo

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    Live Trees - Kavira- Arboles de la vida

    by elpariente Written Dec 19, 2014

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    When a Toraja child dies before he has teeth, it is buried in the trunk of a tree and they fill the hole with eggs as an offering, as it is assumed that the child becomes part of the tree and thus maintains the life, the energy flows and he is growing with it.
    The tree has to be of white sap , like milk, so the family that the child will be nursed with it
    The number of niches that are made in the tree has to be such that it does not compromise the tree integrity and and when the bark grows it will seal the tomb.
    To bury a child a hole is made in the trunk, in the opposite direction of his home and it is covered with branches and stakes . The more stakes have, the higher range of the child.
    During the funeral people must be in silence , a black pig is killed, cooked with bamboo and after eating and they can speak
    Cuando un niño Toraja muere, antes de que le hayan salido los dientes, se le entierra en el tronco de un árbol y rellenan el hueco con huevos a modo de ofrenda , pues se supone que el niño se hace parte del árbol y así mantiene la vida, fluye su energía y sigue creciendo con él .
    El árbol tiene que ser de savia blanca , como la leche por eso piensan los familiares que se va a amamantar con ella
    El número de nichos que se hace en el árbol tiene que ser tal que no ponga en peligro su integridad y crecerá la corteza que sellará la tumba .
    Para enterrar a un niño se hace un agujero en el tronco en dirección opuesta a su casa y se hace una tapa con ramas y estacas. Cuantas más estacas tenga más alta es la casta del niño. Durante el entierro no se puede hablar , se mata un cerdo negro, se cocina con bambú y después de comerlo ya pueden hablar

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    Lemo

    by elpariente Written Dec 19, 2014

    Lemo is ten kilometers from Rantepao and the meaning of the name Lemon, some say that the name comes from the rock where burials are because it is shaped like a lemon and another say that the valley where it is , it was full of lemon trees before that they were cut make rice paddies
    The origins of this burial are in the sixteenth century.
    There are 75 holes carved into the rock and behind each wooden door is a family burial. The higher they are the the highest range has the family
    Some of them have a sort of terrace where Tau Taus are placed. From time to time is made a ceremony called Ma Nene in which they clean and change the Tau Tau clothes
    It is called "The House of the Spirits" and here death, art, and cult are mixed
    Here you have a very special feeling, from the distance it looks like a box of dolls, there are respect but no sadness
    For us is very different to our culture

    Lemo está a diez kilómetros de Rantepao y significa Limón, unos dicen que el nombre viene de la roca en que están los enterramientos que tiene forma de limón y otra de que el valle, antes que hicieran las terrazas de arroz estaba lleno de limonares
    Los orígenes de este enterramiento están en el siglo XVI.
    Hay 75 agujeros tallados en la roca y en cada uno detrás de una puerta está el cementerio de una familia , que cuanto más alto esté en la roca mayor es su rango.
    Alguno de ellos tienen una especie de terraza en que se colocan los Tau Taus. cada cierto tiempo se celebra una ceremonia que se llama Ma Nene en la que se le arreglan y se les cambian las ropas
    Se le llama "la casa de los espíritus"y aquí se mezclan la muerte, el arte y el culto al más allá
    De aquí sales con una sensación muy especial , de lejos parece una caja de muñecas, hay respeto pero no tristeza
    Para nosotros es un gran cambio cultural

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    Rock graves along the roadside

    by Daihappydai Written Apr 21, 2011

    Throughout Toraja there are many sites where you can see graves carved into rocks. The Torajan people believe that people can take valued possessions with them to the afterlife. This is why you may find photographs, hats, items of clothing, food and water outside the grave entrance. Most of the graves are still hand carved, so may take several months. One such site is at Lembang Tonga Riu, on the roan to Batutumonga. You will see items and cloth and what appears to be rubbish on the ground in front of the graves. It is taboo to touch fallen items, so these are left there until cleaned up by family members of the deceased.

    Rock graves at Lembang Tonga Riu Rock grave at Lembang Tonga Riu Rock grave at Lembang Tonga Riu Rock grave at Lembang Tonga Riu
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    Funeral Services in Toraja

    by Daihappydai Updated Apr 21, 2011

    The Torajan funeral service is a massive affair. It is so big that temproary shelters need to be built to accommodate all the 'mourners'. When you arrive, you present the host with a gift - for close family members and friends this will be a buffalo or pig. For others such as tourists, it may be a carton of cigarettes. People are told which shelter they are to sit in - depending on status ad how close they are to the family. Important people are presented to the family of the deceased in a large elaborately decorated shelter. Throughout the service you might see men 'singing' the biography of the deceased, beautifully dressed women chanting, hordes of helpers serving tea, coffee and food to guests. And of course, there are the sacrifices. Slaughtering of buffalo in full view of the guests! I have been lucky enough to attend two funerals during my visits to Toraja. They are experiences I will never forget.

    Bringing in the coffin, Torjan funeral, Rantepeo Old men perfomring a ritual dance, Torajan funeral Women perfomring a chant, Torajan funeral Torajan funeral procession Men 'singing' the biography of the deceased
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    Grave yard of royalty

    by Daihappydai Written Apr 21, 2011

    Perched on a hill is a cliff face weather beaten by the elements, grave yard of the royalty. Here Torajan kings and their family have been buried. The sheer cliff face is home to rows of impressive 'tau tau'. Most are now grey-white due to facing the weather. But one stands out, color remains on the effigy representing the king. The importance of the site is clear, as a glass case has been built which holds the remains of coffins that have fallen from the heights.

    Rock face containing the graves of royalty The top left 'tau tau' represents the king Tau tau on rock face Weather beaten tau tau including a child Coffins and skull inside a glass casing
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    Views from Batutumonga area

    by Daihappydai Updated Apr 21, 2011

    Batutumonga is about 20 km north of Rantepeo. On my first trip I had done a bit of cross country hiking before reaching the final steep ascent to Batutumonga restaurant. The restaurant is a great place to stop for a cold drink and lunch. But most impressive are the views from the open air eating area. On clear days you can see right down the Sa'dan valley to Rantepeo. Perhaps due to the relatively cooler air, the restaurant is also home to some very large and very colorful moths, amongst other insects. Food is cheap and views are worth the walk.

    View from Batutumonga, 20km north of Rantepeo Colourful moth in Batutumonga restaurant Carvings looking out at the view, Batutumonga Another friendly critter at Batutumonga restaurant View of Sa'dan valley, roadside near Batutumonga
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    Palawa, a traditional village

    by Daihappydai Written Apr 21, 2011

    Palawa is a village with rows of Tongkonan and rice barns in traditional Torajan style. Outside some of the Tongkonan are columns of buffalo horns - the larger the stack, the more prestigious the family is. When I was in Palawa I was taken into a Tongkonan that had a dead body lying at one end. The young boy who was showing us around said 'Not dead, just sick'. According to tradition, a person is not dead until they are buried, so they are wrapped and left in the house. They are 'fed' every day until the funeral. As funerals must be held on an auspicious date, and because families often have to save for the funeral, a dead body could be in a house for more than 6 months.

    Traditional tongkonan, Palawa village New rice barn in Palawa village Buffalo horns outside Tongkonan in Palawa village Older rice barn in Palawa village
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    Lemo - Touristy but amazing nonetheless

    by Daihappydai Updated Apr 21, 2011

    Lemo is probably the most photographed rock-grave site and the locals quite rightly try to cash in on tourists - there are a large number of stalls selling T-shirts and 'traditional' Torajan 'made-for-tourists' items. Having said that, it is well worth a visit. The best time to go is early morning so the sunlight is coming form the right direction for good photographs. I have been twice - the second time some work was being done - a new grave being carved. Our guide informed us that while the carving was a job for the lower class, carving at this site was seen as being prestigious. Most interesting was the bamboo ladders - safety perhaps doesn't have the same priority. After ogling at the cliff face for a while - complete with tau tau that have their palms raised to heaven 'I have nothing left and am ready for God', it is possible to walk around the side of the cliff to see some more rock graves, and fallen and hanging coffins. If you are lucky you will see a few little huts where men are carving tau tau. It is difficult to dodge the shopkeepers on the way back - but having learnt so much about Torajan traditions from our guide, I decided I could do with a Toraja t-shirt anyway. A highly recommended place to visit.

    Rock graves in cliff face - Lemo, Tana Toraja Tau tau outside rock graves - Lemo Tau tau with palms raised to heaven Rock graves adjacent to main cliff face at Lemo Tau tau representing the dead, Lemo
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