The people of Tanah Toraja had no direct contact with the west until the twentieth century, when the Dutch gained control of this region. Toraja means 'men of the mountains'; the people lived in isolation in their mountain homes for centuries. Islam never reached the Toraja. The best known Toraja are those in the southern region, the Sa'dan Toraja.
Until the early 1900's when the Dutch mastered the Toraja and Christianized them, there were still headhunters among the Toraja. Their animist culture is one of many ceremonies, including the best known, those centered on the buffalo. This animal plays an important role in Toraja life; it is a status symbol and also a sacrificial symbol slaughtered during religious ceremonies such as funerals. For the consecration of a new 'Tongkonan' or traditional house, large numbers of buffaloes might be slaughtered. Expensive Tongkonan houses are still built and used in the traditional ways.
Day 1: Meeting services at Hasanuddin Airport of Makassar, afterwards direct transfer to Toraja. Lunch will be served in Pare-Pare. In the afternoon we will have a coffee stop on the Puncak Lakawang. Late in the afternoon arrival in Rantepao. Dinner and overnight in hotel.
Day 2: After breakfast we will take you on a full day excursion in Toraja, in the morning we will visit Lemo, where we will find rows of tau-tau and the hanging graves. Londa has an ancient natural grave where the deceased are entombed with big ceremonies. Kete-Kesu is a traditional Torajan village, where we can see the Tongkonan and the old rice barns and it is famous for its woodcarving. Lunch is served in Rantepao. Dinner and overnight in hotel.
Day 3: After breakfast, a full day excursions in Toraja, this day we will visit Pallawa, Sa'dan, the weaving center, Marante and Nanggala, a traditional Torajan village known for its large Tongkonan and 14 rice barns. Lunch will be served in Rantepao. Dinner and overnight in hotel.
Day 4: After breakfast transfer back to Makassar, lunch will be served in Pare-Pare. En route ample possibilities for photo stops.
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