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Unique funeral traditions of Tana Toraja

Tana Toraja in South Sulawesi has a unique funeral tradition, with ceremonies reflecting a blend of grief and wealth. When a Torajan dies in Toraja land, family members of the deceased are required to hold a series of funeral ceremonies that usually last for several days before the deceased is brought to a funeral site for burial. The family of the...
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Toraja History


From the 17th century, the Dutch established trade and political control on Sulawesi through the Dutch East Indies Company. Over two centuries, they ignored the mountainous area in the central Sulawesi, where Torajans lived, because access was difficult and it had little productive agricultural land. In the late 19th century, the Dutch became increasingly concerned about the spread of Islam in the south of Sulawesi, especially among the Makassarese and Bugis peoples.

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Tana Toraja Traditional Settlement

Tana Toraja Traditional Settlement is a series of 10 traditional settlements or constituents of them, such as burial or ceremonial grounds. The properties are scattered within Tana Toraja Regency in the Province of South Sulawesi, Indonesia. Tana-Toraja occupies about 3.205 km2 of a relatively hilly terrain with plateaus rising from 300 to 2,800 me...
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Toraja Settlement: Toward Unesco World Heritage Nomination

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Indonesian government by the year 2005 and 2013 submitted a series of 10 Toraja traditional settlements to be inscribed into the UNESCO world heritage list. Up to date the settlement still on the tentative list ( In spite of the various problems that occur related to the nomination, Bali with its subak...
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Welcome to Toraja

Lemo Toraja

The Toraja are an ethnic group indigenous to a mountainous region of South Sulawesi, Indonesia. The 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 recognised this animistic belief as Aluk To Dolo ("Way of the Ancestors").

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