9 Recomended Places to Discover in Toraja Sacred Highlands

16 May 2019 Tana Toraja Regency, South Sulawesi, Indonesia

1. Lo’ko’ Mata
Lo’ko’ Mata
Lo’ko’ Mata
Toraja is known by its burial stone. For that reason, it is very common to find burial stones in it. One of the famous burial stones in Toraja is Lo’ko’ Mata. Compare to others burial stones in Toraja, Lo’ko’ Mata can be described as a hundred times bigger. Also, each door in it has varies motives that turns to be a catching eye to every visitor. Therefore, coming to Toraja will not feel complete without visiting Lo’ko’ Mata. 

2. Ke’te Ke’su
Ke’te Ke’su
Ke’te Ke’su
Ke’te Ke’su is the most pristine and traditional Tongkonan in Toraja. As explained in the previous article (link to discover Toraja highlands) that for Torajan Tongkonan is not only as a house or home but also as the final resting place that very sacred as it demands a complecated requirements. 
PS : If you’re coming to visit Toraja, I highly recommend you to visit Ke’te Ke’su in order for you to see the true culture of Toraja regarding to its Tongkonan.

3. Palawa’
If you are looking for kind of carvings, then you can come to Palawa’. In fact, this is another type of Tongkonan that decorated with some carvings on it. The carvings are rooster and sun circles. Furthermore, Palawa’ is the remaining heritage of the Torajan ancestral war in the past 11th century. As a result, it is very common to find the majestic buffalo horns on it that proclaim its regality. Curious how it looks? Come and visit 😉

4. Tumakke’
Tumakke’
Tumakke’
Another unique type of Tongkonan in Toraja is Tumakke’. The thing that distinguish it from the rest of Torajan Tongkonans is the roof that made of soil mixture and andesite rocks. Those two elements give it a solid sense of look on this Tongkonan. In addition, you also can find buffalo horns on it as its decoration. 


5. Kambira 
Kambira
Kambira 

Kambira is a very unique and sacred place to visit in Toraja. It is like forest where big trees are used to bury babies. They call this kind of trees as Tarra. People in Toraja believe that when babies pass away before even growing any teeth, they should be buried inside the Tarra because they are considered as pure and without sins. For Torajan, Tarra is not just a tree but also mother of nature, where the baby corpses will merge with it. 



6. Tampang Allo
Tampang Allo
Tampang Allo

Another burial spot in Toraja is Tampang allo. Its a cave where Torajan corpses are buried neatly. This is how Torajan treat their dead bodies, putting them into the cave. Well actually its carvings that display Torajans when they passed away.



7. Londa
Londa
Londa

Londa is also a burial site in Toraja. However, one thing that distinguish it among others is that its located in the tunnel. Therefore, if you are a kind of acheological explorer person then its a must to visit this place.

8. Bori’
Bori’
Bori’
If you like seeing monuments that made of stone, its a must to visit Bori’ in Toraja. This village contains mostly of rocks that shaped into tall stone monuments. It becomes a worshiping place for Torajan. I highly recommend you to experience the sacred environment in Bori’ when you decide to come to Toraja. 

9. Lemo
Lemo
Lemo

The last site that I would like to recommend in Toraja is the burial cliffs. Interestingly, this burial cliffs doesnt change by the time, instead it keeps well preserved. In here, you will experience the stillness circumtances that merely able to be explained by words. 



Well, that’s the 9 recommended places to be visited in Toraja. Happy adventure :)


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