Exploring the Toraja region

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A funeral rite I witnessed near Rantepao in Tana Toraja, South Sulawesi (Indonesia). Won't forget the squeals of those pigs easily...
After a week of bliss on the Togian islands (still need to blog that one, got my SD cards mixed up so will add that part later): off to Toraja country, a cultural island in the middle of South Sulawesi where old traditions still thrive despite a veneer of portestantism and katholicism. It's relatively high up in the mountains so for the first time in 4 weeks I put on my jeans and shoes :D. That was really necessary because there was torrential rain every other day. On the good side: no sweating and no mosquitos :)
Travelling by public transport in Sulawesi is quite a challenge, all in all it took 2,5 days to travel from the Togian islands to Rantepao, a quiet provincial town from where you can explore the countryside, see the rice paddi's, the old graves cut out in the rocks, in caves or just suspended coffins, and the typical architecture for rice barns and the tons of water buffalo horns that are nailed to the houses as a satus symbol.
The ceremonies for the deceased here are famous for the many buffalos that are sacrificed, leaving the ceremonial  ground covered in pools of blood. First time I saw a pig being killed, pretty gory, you won't easily forget those squeals...  
shirlan says:
Don't think I will watch the video but sounds unbeleivable!
Posted on: Oct 19, 2008
ted332 says:
Amazing adventure! I was like watching Nat Geo. Take care, man. And have fun! :)
Posted on: Jun 14, 2008
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Water buffalo horns
Water buffalo horns
Toraja rice barns
Toraja rice barns
Kids playing ping pong
Kids playing ping pong
In the middle of nowhere: a little…
In the middle of nowhere: a littl…
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Rice paddi's
Water buffalos everywhere
Water buffalo's everywhere
Me and 2 weavers (Sadan near Rant…
Me and 2 weavers (Sa'dan near Ran…
Meeting people in Indonesia, and a…
Meeting people in Indonesia, and …
Graves in the caves of Londa.
Graves in the caves of Londa.
Rock grave
Rock grave
Babies buriesd in a tree.
Babies buriesd in a tree.
Sacrificed water buffalo
Sacrificed water buffalo
Family of the deceased
Family of the deceased
The ceremonial ground where the t…
The ceremonial ground where the '…
An offering of Balok, a light al…
An offering of "Balok", a light a…
Slaughtered pigs, theyre brought …
Slaughtered pigs, they're brought…
Gifts for the funeral ceremony.
Gifts for the funeral ceremony.
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Don't get this fascination they s…
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Letting of some steam on a 35 Eur…
Coming down in buckets...
Coming down in buckets...
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