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Tana Toraja walking dead, The Toraja are an ethnic group indigenous to a mountainous region of South Sulawesi, Indonesia. Their population is approximately 1,100,000, of whom 450,000 live in the regency of Tana Toraja ("Land of Toraja"). Most of the population is Christian, and others are Muslim 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").

Safe shelter outside the high mountains and rugged granite cliffs, are the Tana Toraja people live, in a fertile valley with green rice terraces and lush coffee plantations. This is one of the most beautiful places in Indonesia that holds a magical power in Tana Toraja culture extravaganza and Lore Lindu megalithic stones.

Tana Toraja is famous for the funeral ceremony can last for days involving the whole village in the present international world known by the name "Tana Toraja walking dead". Not only at the time of mourning but also for entertainment and brotherhood existing communities. Charms unfold when human skulls show mystique to you also dozens of buffalo and pigs are slaughtered resigned to death for the sake of a ceremonial rite 'Living Dead'.

In 2004, thanks to its cultural richness, Tana Toraja included in the provisional list of world cultural heritage by UNESCO (World Heritage Inscription-C1038). Welcoming this community held a ceremony Toraja Toraja Party (Toraja Fiesta) on the art market Rantepoa, Tana Toraja, South Sulawesi. The event presents a series of dances and attractions of the 15 districts in Tana Toraja. Toraja Fiesta is one manifestation of signs Tuka ', an expression of excitement

Recommended activities

  • Visit Londa, Lemo and Tampang Allo where you can see the cemetery that has been well known to the international world, a cemetery in the rocky walls and caves filled with coffins and human remains. You do not need to be afraid to get into, as long as you did not once in a while there is a desire to take their bones.
  • Come in June, July or December to witness the slaughter of dozens of buffalo and pigs colossal by the butcher. You will see how unique and its sacred lore in this place. Buffalo for the Toraja people of sacrificial animals during funerals, in addition to pigs. According to belief, the spirits of the buffalo became a means of transportation for the souls of the deceased to go puya, the retreat is located in the south of human habitation.


  • You are visiting this place are expected to respect the rules of traditional dress and customs of Toraja society.
  • Pay attention to your head when entering into a traditional house Tongkonan as low passageways. You can bring a gift to them like cigarettes when entering Tongkonan.
  • Most of the roads are not paved so use the right car, even when the weather is good between May and October.




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