Pasar Bolu Rantepao Reviews
Traditional Torajan cattle market Sep 18, 2009
Before leaving Tana Toraja,we visited Pasar Bolu(litteraly betel vine leave market)located about 2km from Rantepao center and held every six days.It consists of a classical market with vegetables,fish,clothes...but mostly an amazing cattle market where are sold hundreds of pigs and water-buffaloes to those who need them for thanksgiving ceremonies,weddings and funerals.One component of the funeral ritual is there the slaughter of buffaloes.The more buffalos are distroyed the higher the status of the deceased.That's the reason why families save for years to buy water-buffaloes.
We saw first buffaloes of all kind held by the leash and fed by their owners,then lots of them in corrals.
We were very surprised to learn the gigantic prrices of these animals:4000 to 6000 Usd for a standard buffalo,7000 up to 10000 Usd for a spotted albino!
A pig cost around 800 Usd,the black ones being the most expensive.Heading to the pig area,we saw piglets in shoulder plastic bags,other bigger tied to bamboos and worn on one shoulder and some monsters carried by 2 people,all snorting or squealing.But the most impressive was to see and to hear hundreds of pigs and piglets tied to bamboos squealing all together under hangars,a bit surreal in the world's first muslim country!
Part of the MY THIRD INDONESIAN TRIP :SULAWESI 2009 travel blog
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