About Toraja


Before the Dutch come to power in this high land in the 17th Century, there was no even a single word given for the name of their religion instead of the word " aluk " which refers that ritual ways and daily live activities that are to be controlled, without special instruction of how build a house, to plant rice, to greet boys and the head of the village, and the numbers of the buffaloes and pigs that must be slaughtered in every ritual ceremony.

One of the principal of this teaching is to apply ' give and take' tradition among. Blesses and curse used to come between the one who still a life and the spirits of Our ancestry. The most prestigious ceremony in Tana Toraja is the death ceremonial. More than half the people of Tana Toraja are Christian. we still up hold and proud of Our culture heritage and welcoming the guest ritually. 


One of the most noticeable aspect about Tana Toraja is the size and the grandeur of Tonkonan ( The Traditional Houses of Tana Toraja ), raised on piles and topped with massive roof. The house are closely bound up with Torajan Traditional, one of their function is as a constant reminder of the authority of original noble families whose descendents alone have a right to build such house. The state of the Tongkonan also symbolizes the unity of the clan. It is the meeting place for family gatherings, and may not be bought or sold. Tana Toraja is one of the few places in Indonesia where traditional houses are still being built. and the skill to make them survive. The owners often live in the modern houses, keeping Tongkonan for ceremony and as symbol of the family status.

After Bali and Java, the third most popular destination in Indonesia is Sulawesi. Sulawesi island contains a great variety of exotic people, culture and natural wonders. It is another unspoilt paradise. A journey into the strange world of mysterious Toraja People is truly a rare adventure, made especially eerie by their hauting tombs - holes carved out of sheer rock faces guarded by wooden effigies that stare out across the jungle.

Toraja Land, is known for its unique culture and ancient traditions. The center of tourism is Rantepao, 328 km from Makassar by road (about 8 hours).