Nama dan Makna Motif Tana Toraja

Setiap ukiran dan motif pada ragam hias Tana Toraja atau Tator memiliki nama dan makna khusus. Motifnya biasanya adalah hewan dan tanaman yang melambangkan kebajikan, contohnya tanaman air seperti gulma air dan hewan seperti kepiting dan kecebong yang melambangkan kesuburan. Gambar kiri memperlihatkan contoh ukiran kayu Toraja, terdiri atas 15 panel persegi. Panel tengah bawah melambangkan kerbau atau kekayaan, sebagai harapan agar suatu keluarga memperoleh banyak kerbau. Panel tengah melambangkan simpul dan kotak, sebuah harapan agar semua keturunan keluarga akan bahagia dan hidup dalam kedamaian, seperti barang-barang yang tersimpan dalam sebuah kotak. Kotak bagian kiri atas dan kanan atas melambangkan hewan air, menunjukkan kebutuhan untuk bergerak cepat dan bekerja keras, seperti hewan yang bergerak di permukaan air. Hal Ini juga menunjukkan adanya kebutuhan akan keahlian tertentu untuk menghasilkan hasil yang baik.


Get in

  • By plane
    From the Hasanuddin Airport in Makassar, you can fly to Pongtiku Airport with a 900-metre runway in Tana Toraja. TransNusa airline and Trigana Air Service fly to Makassar. The flight takes about 55 minutes.

    The flight could be cancelled, however, at the last minute due to aircraft maintenance or insufficient passengers.

    Buntukunik Airport has a 1,900-meter runway in Tana Toraja. It is going through technical trial operation, and will be opened soon to accommodate ATR 72.

  • By plane
    From the Hasanuddin Airport in Makassar, you can fly to Pongtiku Airport with a 900-metre runway in Tana Toraja. TransNusa airline and Trigana Air Service fly to Makassar. The flight takes about 55 minutes.

    The flight could be cancelled, however, at the last minute due to aircraft maintenance or insufficient passengers.

    Buntukunik Airport has a 1,900-meter runway in Tana Toraja. It is going through technical trial operation, and will be opened soon to accommodate ATR 72.

About Toraja

The Torajans 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").[1] Most of the population is Christian, and others are Muslim or have local animist beliefs known as aluk ("the way"). The Indonesian government has recognised this animistic belief as Aluk To Dolo ("Way of the Ancestors").

The word Toraja comes from the Buginese language term to riaja, meaning "people of the uplands". The Dutch colonial government named the people Toraja in 1909.[5] Torajans are renowned for their elaborate funeral rites, burial sites carved into rocky cliffs, massive peaked-roof traditional houses known as tongkonan, and colourful wood carvings. Toraja funeral rites are important social events, usually attended by hundreds of people and lasting for several days

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Toraja is one of those rarely visited and intriguing places that are steeped in amazing culture. There is talk of an airport being built here, which will totally change the accessibility and feel of the place. Great for the economy, bad for those seeking amazing far flung places. Go sooner than later!!!

2019-07-15
Yuspsan
Manager / TODI

Toraja is a magical place, and you really need a guide to do it full justice. Without you won't even touch the surface of all the complexities of their deep-rooted traditions.

2019-07-15
Yuspan
Manager / ACE