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.

Tongkonan, the Toraja traditional house. Its roof is shaped like a boat and it was built as a symbol of authority and we...

Tongkonan, the Toraja traditional house. Its roof is shaped like a boat and it was built as a symbol of authority and wealth. Photo by Rahma Yulianti.

TANA TORAJA  SULAWESI, INDONESIA  The land of the Toraja people, many notionally Christian but most in practice animist, is above all famed for their spectacular (and rather gruesome) burial rites. After a person’s death, the body is kept — often for several years — while money is saved to pay for the actual funeral ceremony, known as tomate.

Toraja tongokan houses decked with buffalo horns. Three elements make Tana Toraja so fascinating: boat shaped houses, elaborate funeral ceremonies, and the manner of burial of the dead.

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Nospi Resianto: Tongkonan adalah rumah tradisional Toraja (Kete’ Kesu) yang berdiri di atas tumpukan kayu dan dihiasi dengan ukiran berwarna merah, hitam, dan kuning. Kata "tongkonan" berasal dari bahasa Toraja  tongkon yang artinya duduk. Kete’ Kesu ditetapkan sebagai cagar budaya oleh UNESCO, karena mempunyai keunikan budaya yang tak dimiliki tempat lain dan wajib dilestarikan.

Nospi Resianto: Tongkonan adalah rumah tradisional Toraja (Kete’ Kesu) yang berdiri di atas tumpukan kayu dan dihiasi dengan ukiran berwarna merah, hitam, dan kuning. Kata "tongkonan" berasal dari bahasa Toraja tongkon yang artinya duduk. Kete’ Kesu ditetapkan sebagai cagar budaya oleh UNESCO, karena mempunyai keunikan budaya yang tak dimiliki tempat lain dan wajib dilestarikan.

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