Bori' Parinding

Bori' Parinding

Bori, Sesean, Toraja Utara, Sulawesi Selatan, Indonesia

Bori' Parinding is a megalithic funeral site and burial ground. The site is located next to the side of the main road and is a 20-minute drive from Rantepao along winding country roads. The countryside in this part of Toraja is picturesque with flat open land covered in green rice fields that ripple in the wind. Along the route from Rantepao to Bori' Parinding visitors pass through small villages.

The site of Bori Parinding is a combination of ceremonial grounds and burials. The ceremonial ground is an open space used for traditional ceremonies, including rituals for the dead and thanksgiving. More than a hundred menhirs stand on the ceremonial ground, each representing a feast of merit performed in the past by a person of high status. Human remains are placed in stone chambers carved out of huge stone boulders, which lies scattered around the ceremonial ground. There are five tongkonan compound spread around the area. Bamboo is now planted in some places around the ceremonial ground to replace the extinct bamboo forest of the traditional settlement.

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