Tana Toraja Tour

Tana Toraja Tour

Tana Toraja in the highlands of Sulawesi

Trekking to some of the most beautiful countryside in Indonesia: the Toraja's Lands

A tour in Tana Toraja with the perfect mix of culture and adventure: cultural heritage, green landscapes with cool temperatures and great cups of coffee

Green rice paddies and limestone karst rocks form the landscape of the Toraja plateaus, an ethnic group which, although converted to Christianity by the Dutch missionaries, continues to practice the ancestral animist rites. Isolated for centuries by the impervious nature of the region and by the lack of roads, the Toraja have kept their traditions intact.

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The Funerals of the Toraja

The Toraja are known for their elaborate and unique funerals. Before the ceremony the body of the deceased can be kept in the house for years, until the family can have enough money for the ceremony. The funeral begins with ritual dances, sacrifices of buffalo and pigs, killed so that they can accompany the soul of the deceased in new life. The richer and more important the families are, the more buffaloes are sacrificed. Later the body of the deceased is buried in a cave or in a space dug into a rock wall. Outside there are carved wooden figures, the tau tau, with the features of the buried person. These figures also wear the clothes that belonged to the dead man.

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The Toraja are known for their elaborate and unique funerals
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The funeral begins with ritual sacrifices of buffalo and pigs those accompany the soul of the deceased in new life
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The body of the deceased is buried in a cave or in a space dug into a rock wall
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The carved wooden figure, Tau Tau, features the buried person

Tongkonan, the traditional houses and class affiliation of the Toraja

The typical houses called Tongkonan, are built of wood, raised from the ground by poles, with a straw roof, shaped like a saddle. The Toraja landscape is therefore characterized by these houses, and from the cliffs with the tombs and tau tau hanging outside, in the middle of the rice fields.

The house is very important because it is the residence of the clan, the extended family, often, especially in the case of wealthy families, the front is decorated with the horns of buffaloes sacrificed in funerals and beautiful ethnic designs. The Toraja society was originally formed of three castes: nobles, people and slaves, the class was inherited from the mother.

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The typical houses called Tongkonan, with a straw roof, shaped like a saddle
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Toraja landscape is characterised by the cliffs with the tombs and tau tau hanging outside
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Toraja villages are spots in the countryside surrounded by scenic rice fields
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The Tongkonan is the residence of the clan or extended family with particular beautiful ethnic designs
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The Tongkonan is decorated with the horns of buffaloes sacrificed in funerals and the sculpture of buffalo head

The tour in Tana Toraja

Green landscapes, impetuous rivers, excellent for rafting, terraced rice fields, small villages, colorful markets, mountains, forming a picturesque and relaxing environment, and very friendly people; these are the Toraja lands.

Things to See and Do in Tana Toraja

Hiking Tour to visit the Villages

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Hiking in an exceptional beautiful countryside variegated by lovely villages, all linked by well-trodden paths

Attending a Toraja funeral

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Attending a Toraja Funeral

Meet the Toraja People

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Meet the Toraja People
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Meet the Toraja People

Trekking in the countryside

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A trekking in Toraja Lands to visit the countryside, rice fields, rivers, and even try rafting

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