Kete Kesu

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Rantepao, Tana Toraja, Indonesia

Kete Kesu Tana Toraja Reviews

yuness yuness
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Tradional House Toraja Nov 12, 2011
Kete Kesu is located 4km Southeast of Rantepao, an area of Natural beauty where customs and habitation have remained the same for centuries. A line of beautifully furnished traditional tongkonan houses with granary make up this Old Village, the local funeral customs make this a big tourist attraction.

Tongkonan-tongkonan is complete with carvings typical of Toraja and buffalo horns are place at the front of the family Tongkonan’s arranged in a row on pole that goes to the roof of the house, these horns are from the buffalo that was eaten after Funeral Ceremony. The more and the higher horn composed indicating higher degree of social residents. In the complex of Kete Kesu there is also a museum that holds many ancient artifacts.

Tongkonan founded by Ri Puang Kesu and passed down from related generation to generation. Tongkonan Kete Kesu is a cultural heritage and still used as a venue for events. Kete Kesu is a portrait of megalithic culture in Tana Toraja that is the most complete. With their Traditional Cemetery that form holes in the cliff rock also in the vicinity.

Kete Kesu has been designated as a heritage area and is the center of the celebrations or ceremonies Toraja.

The day after I visited here, there was to be a Funeral Ceremony of that tradition which would have been celebrated on a large scale festive ( Rambu Solo ). Too bad I can't attend the event because tickets already booked to Makassar.
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yuness says:
Hi Bill...the Rich would make many buffalo for celibration, the poor only one..
Posted on: Nov 11, 2013
Zagnut66 says:
Looks like a fascinating place. Were these funeral rites reserved for wealthy families? I'm assuming poor families couldn't afford to sarifice a buffalo for the meal.
Posted on: Nov 10, 2013
rsvpme says:
:) Me too.
Posted on: Mar 21, 2013
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