TEDONG,the Torajan buffalo
TEDONG,the Torajan buffalo Rantepao Reviews
A symbol of wealth and a vehicle for afterlife Nov 06, 2009
The waterbuffalo in Tana Toraja in Sulawesi,Indonesia is a symbol of prosperity.There The Torajan people like them as they do for their kids,giving them special care,spoiling and bathing their buffalos everyday,feeding them lavishly.These animals there don't work in plowing the ricefields as in other part in Indonesia:they peacefully graze.
BUT these beloved animals are destinated to be slaughtered on ritual funeral that need buffalos.The local people believe that the deceased should reach heaven(Puya)on the back of a strong buffalo and will be quicker in afterlife if he or her has more animals for the trip.For that purpose it is said that around 60000 buffallos are slain every year.
Torajan people recognize 5 species of buffalos,the spotted albino being the most scarce and therefore the most expensive.The price of these buffalos is impressive:around 4500 usd for a "standard" one up to 10000 Usd for the albino over a year's income for many families.
The buffalo importance is found in all the traditional Torajan house:horns on the front pole,a modelled buffalo head with real horns in front,buffalo designs painted or carved on the walls...
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