About Toraja

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!!!

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.

Manager / ACE