LEMO,a famous Torajan cliff grave site

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Lemo,probably the most impressive burial area in Tana Toraja with balconies of tau tau representing the deceased best viewed in early morning
                        Lemo,a Unesco World Heritage Site,14 km south from Rantepao is probably the most impressive and famous cliff grave site of Tana Toraja.The burial chambers of high-ranking deceased cut out of the cliff overlook a large valley of ricefields.In this site the rock face has a whole series of balconies for the tau tau,well-clothed wooden,half-life size or a little bigger effigies with black eyes,white pupils and outstretched arms housing the spirits of the deceased.These are not the originals but replicas:a long time ago western collectors have paid huge sums to buy them from the family of the deceased.
                       Tip:it's better to go there early in the morning  before the sun gets too high to enjoy the tau tau,their heads being in the shadows by 0900.
                       There are also a cliff face with numerous burial chambers without tau tau and a new grave under construction:handmade on the top of scaffoldings,it takes months for 4 or 5 men to complete it.
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Lemo,probably the most impressive …
Lemo,probably the most impressive…
Lemo grave site
Lemo grave site
closer
closer
tau tau balconies and tombs carved…
tau tau balconies and tombs carve…
Balconies of tau tau
Balconies of tau tau
carved tombs in the cliff face and…
carved tombs in the cliff face an…
tau tau with outstretched arms wel…
tau tau with outstretched arms we…
a balcony of tau tau
a balcony of tau tau
entrances of burial chambers,the w…
entrances of burial chambers,the …
carved tomb in Lemo
carved tomb in Lemo
a Christian burial chamber
a Christian burial chamber
a cliff face without tau tau in Le…
a cliff face without tau tau in L…
chiselling out a new grave
chiselling out a new grave
seen in Lemo
seen in Lemo
tau tau maker
tau tau maker
souvenirs shop
souvenirs shop
tau tau
tau tau
fake tau tau,bear in mind that a…
"fake" tau tau,bear in mind that …
Lemo with amazing surrounding scen…
Lemo with amazing surrounding sce…
ricefields in Lemo
ricefields in Lemo
waterbuffalo
waterbuffalo
ricefields and a pond in the middle
ricefields and a pond in the middle
this pond is daily used to raise f…
this pond is daily used to raise …
Lemo
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