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    Palawa

    by ukirsari Updated May 8, 2004

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    I'm so thankful became a guest in a village called Palawa. Found many beautiful old houses called Tongkonan and its rice barns at the front. And not to be missed all of these roofs are still original, using 'ijuk' and bamboo then fern and moss are living in several places on top. In my views ... these roofs are truely beautiful [for comparison, see the modern Tongkonan at the down town, which are using corrugated-iron roofs!]. These roof of Torajan traditional houses remind me with traditional Batak House [I found it in my trip to Lake Toba and Isle of Samosir, north Sumatra].

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    Not to be missed Bolu Sunday Market

    by ukirsari Written May 7, 2004

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    It's a Sunday market which situated at Bolu, 2 km from Rantepao. The main attraction is bargain galore to get the best buffalo [truely worth for a funeral]. Buyers and sellers were coming from places around Bolu. Like Marante, Tallung Ilpu, Nanggala and Sullukan.

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    The precious buffalo [kerbau]

    by ukirsari Updated May 7, 2004

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    Many types of buffalos are everywhere in Bolu Sunday Market. From truely black skin, brown to 'bule' [white and bit pinky colors, addressed as Tedong Bunga among the Torajans]. The price also variety, from Rp 11,000,000 up to Rp 50,000,000. It used to be the main attraction [buffs fighting] in a funeral. And how great the person who's died, represent by how many and kind of type from the buffalos!

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    Gold fish ponds

    by ukirsari Updated May 10, 2004

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    Since Toraja Highland truely far from seashore, the locals make small ponds in between padi fields. Put the bamboo net on top, keeping the gold fish [Ikan Mas] inside. Here is a picture about gold fish pond of Lemo.

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    Exploring the market

    by ukirsari Written May 7, 2004

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    After buffalos and piggies, not to be missed going to the traditional market. Here you can get the top end of Torajan coffee beans [like Robusta and Arabica]. And several local veggies, fruits [Tamarella or Terong Belanda I love most!!!] and gold fish [ikan mas].

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    Rice barns after Tongkonan

    by ukirsari Updated May 8, 2004

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    A rice barn is truely necessary for the Torajans after their traditional houses called Tongkonan. Among Tongkonan and rice barn described as hubby and wife. Without one of them, never be a complete thing. Here, picture about the roof of a rice barn at Palawa. See the moss and fern. Nice isn't it?

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    Burial customs 1: the coffins

    by ukirsari Updated May 11, 2004

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    The Torajans can buried the death body with or without coffin. But they have temporary coffin with small Tongkonan roof look-alike. The body was laying here, wrapped with red fabric and gold patterns then bring it to the rocky cliffs. [unfortunately, the last funeral here was held 3 weeks before my arrival :(]

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    Burial customs 4: the graveyard Ke'Te Kesu

    by ukirsari Written May 11, 2004

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    One of the very old hanging graves where we can find skulls and bones around the cliff. Scary but peaceful. The story why the Torajans protected their beloved death people by buried here is caused by their ancestors. Afraid if the animals comes to the buried people in land, or tomb raiders who stolen the bodies in the past of the centuries.

    Old hanging graves of Ke'Te Kesu (c) ukirsari
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    Burial customs 7: Lemo, one of the largest

    by ukirsari Updated May 11, 2004

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    Visit Lemo, one of the largest burial site in Toraja Highland. It's still using for the funeral nowadays. The coffins [or sometimes just the dead body without coffin] put at the rocky cliffs which carved by men. Then a balcony located nearby the coffins to put 'Tau Tau' . The man-size statue to symbolizing the person who buried there.

    Tau Tau and graveyard of Lemo (c) ukirsari
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    Batu Tumonga Plateau

    by ukirsari Updated May 7, 2004

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    Literally, Batu Tumonga means 'batu [stone] that facing to the sky]' ~ truely romantic! From here can be seen many many volcanic stones comes up in between padi fields. And, several giant stones became cave graveyard.
    The views is pretty awesome. The huge of Tana Toraja [Toraja land] looks so lush and greenery. Like a patchwork in gradation hue of green color :) More pictures are available in my travelogue.

    batu tumonga countryside (c) ukirsari
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    How many horns?

    by ukirsari Updated May 10, 2004

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    How great the people or the man die in a family, represent by the buffalos horns as part of wall decoration at front of a Tongkonan. So, count these horns and see how big they are. I take picture in a house at Palawa.

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    Wood carving of Ke'te Kesu

    by ukirsari Written May 11, 2004

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    Buy souvenir to keep the memory of Tana Toraja is cool. But seeing the craftmen working is something great too. They are using 'ulu' wood and carving it using small sharp knife and put the colors from the powder of red bricks and several kind of stones [yellow, red and light and dark brown]. Soooo amazing :)

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    Burial customs 2: Tomate

    by ukirsari Updated May 11, 2004

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    Tomate or the death body. Always addressed as 'sick person' or someone who has illness before truely buried in a rocky cliff. Here is laying a death body of a woman in Palawa Village, age 49 years old and still keep here about 2 years, awaiting a funeral. Her body covered by sarung, wrapped with chemical and traditional stuffs and balm. May you rest in peace, Ibu [I take your picture with all of my respect. God bless you in heaven].

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    A HIGHLAND CULTURAL TOUR

    by vee01 Written Nov 16, 2005

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    Out Bound activities :
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    # Trekking
    # Rafting in Ma'iting River , Ma'dong, Sa'dan and Maulu'
    # Restoran Fast Food , dine in Makale dan Rantepao [batu Tumonga]
    # Gantole in Sopai, Ge'tengan, Ge'tengan, Sesean
    # Agro Tourism in Dende', Bolokan, Baruppu'

    Sightseeings:
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    # Tongkonan : Traditional house / villages [place : Kete' Kesu, etc.]
    # Rante : Field area for burial ceremony symbolize with menhir/obelisque in BORI'
    # Simbuang : Symbol of the Highest Ceremony of Traditional ceremonial "RAmbu Solo"
    # Liang Lo'ko' : Cave burial and Stone burial in Londa,Tondon
    # Erong : Ancient burial/coffin [i.e.in Sipore /Siromba]
    # Liang paa' : Scluptured Stone burial {place :Lemo]
    # Patane : Burial House
    # Liang Pia/Passilirian : Burial for infants inside of tree [which had no teeth yet]
    PLACE OF SIGHTSEEINGS ARE SPREADS IN TORAJA AREA.

    cUSTOM TRADITIONAL CEREMONY:
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    #rAMBU sOLO = ceremony for the death.
    #RAMBU TUKA = ceremony of newlyhost to TONGKONAN [traditional house in Toraja]

    Kalimbuang Bori' Stone Burial Tondon Sanggalangi River
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    Roof and wall ornaments of a Tongkonan

    by ukirsari Written May 11, 2004

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    Traditional house of Torajan, the Tongkonan always has roof and wall ornaments like buffalo horns, a buff head statue and naga [giant snake] at the front. Buffalo head mirroring the strenght of their life and naga symbolizing prosperity.

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