Toraja's Elaborate Funeral Ceremonies - click though to the article to find out about the customs involved.

Wonderful Indonesia - Tana Toraja: Land of Heavenly Kings - Sulawesi

Spectral Tarsier, Tangkoko National Park, Sulawesi, Indonesia

Spectral Tarsier - just one of the many wildlife species under threat due to palm oil.

Tana Toraja (Indonesia). 'Life revolves around death in this countryside  of rice terraces, boat-shaped roofs  and doe-eyed buffalo. Tana Torajan funeral  ceremonies last days, and involve  countless animal sacrifices for the upper  classes. The festivities start with bet-heavy  bullfights then lead into days of prayer, feasting  and dances.' http://www.lonelyplanet.com/indonesia/sulawesi/tana-toraja

Tana Toraja 'Life revolves around death in this countryside of rice terraces, boat-shaped roofs and doe-eyed buffalo. Tana Torajan funeral ceremonies last days, and involve countless animal sacrifices for the upper classes.

Toraja girls. The Toraja are an ethnic group indigenous to a mountainous region of South Sulawesi (Sulawesi Selatan Province), Indonesia. Their population is approximately 650,000, of which 450,000 still live in the regency of Tana Toraja ("Land of Toraja"). Most of the population is Christian or have local animist beliefs known as aluk ("the way"). The Indonesian government has recognized this animist belief as Aluk To Dolo ("Way of the Ancestors").

The Toraja are an ethnic group indigenous to a mountainous region of South Sulawesi (Sulawesi Selatan Province), Indonesia.

Indonesia, Sulawesi, Tana Toraja, Marante village, traditional Torajan house known as tongkonan with intricate hand-carved and painted wooden wall panels and a dragon figure above a water buffalo head replica. Water buffaloes are sacrificed at funeral ceremonies.

Indonesia, Sulawesi, Tana Toraja, Marante village, traditional house known as tongkonan with intricate hand-carved and painted wooden wall panels and a dragon figure above a water buffalo head replica. Water buffaloes are sacrificed at funeral ceremonies.


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