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Tana Toraja Countryside : Our main destination on Sulawesi was Tana Toraja, home of the Toraja ethnic group in the south Sulawesi highlands. Torajans are famous for their elaborate funeral rites, burial sites that are carved in rocky cliffs, a massive peaked roof of traditional house called tongkonan, and colorful wood carvings.

Tana Toraja Countryside

Steffen A. Bass

Our main destination on Sulawesi was Tana Toraja, home of the Toraja e ...

Updated: Aug 21, 2006 12:13pm PST

Tampangallo Cave : Tampangallo Cave is probably among the spookiest sites in Tana Toraja. Nested in a picturesque valley of rice paddies one finds this small cave containing many well prserved tau tau effigies, wooden coffins and plenty of skulls and bones of Torajan nobles...

Tampangallo Cave

Steffen A. Bass

Tampangallo Cave is probably among the spookiest sites in Tana Toraja. ...

Updated: Aug 21, 2006 8:49am PST

South Sulawesi Countryside : The images in this gallery were taken during our drive from Makassar to Tana Toraja and back again (via Senkang). The lowland Sulawesi countryside is very pretty - lush green - with lots of rice fields and quaint fishing villages.

South Sulawesi Countryside

Steffen A. Bass

The images in this gallery were taken during our drive from Makassar t ...

Updated: Aug 21, 2006 8:36am PST

Royal Graves of Suaya : Torajans of noble origin are often buried in a stone grave, carved out of a rocky cliff. In some places, the stone cave is enough to accommodate the whole family. A wooden carved effigy, called tau tau, is usually put in the cave and faced down over the land. The tau tau effigies have a spooky presence to them, watching over the land...

Royal Graves of Suaya

Steffen A. Bass

Torajans of noble origin are often buried in a stone grave, carved out ...

Updated: Aug 21, 2006 8:04am PST

Market Day in Rantepau : Market day in Rantepau is spectacular!! Everything one could possibly imagine is for sale and the crowd of Torajans streaming from remote villages to Rantepau for the market is humongous. The highlight of the market is undoubtedly the livestock section with its buffalos and pigs.

Market Day in Rantepau

Steffen A. Bass

Market day in Rantepau is spectacular!! Everything one could possibly ...

Updated: Aug 21, 2006 7:59am PST

Palawa : Palawa is another very well preserved traditional Toraja village with lots of tongkonan houses. While Kete Kesu serves now as a museum, Palawa is still a living village and definitely worth seeing.

Palawa

Steffen A. Bass

Palawa is another very well preserved traditional Toraja village with ...

Updated: Aug 21, 2006 7:34am PST

Makassar : Our first destination in Indonesia was Makassar, the largest city and main trading port on Sulawesi. The old harbor is particularly fascinating, since one can still see traditional Malay sailing vessels moored at the jetty.

Makassar

Steffen A. Bass

Our first destination in Indonesia was Makassar, the largest city and ...

Updated: Aug 21, 2006 7:28am PST

Londa Cave : Londa Cave is the best known burial cave in Tana Toraja. It has a number of newer tau tau effigies at its entrance and is nested in a narrow wooded valley. Personally I did not like it as much as Tampangallo Cave, due to Londa's commercialization and narrow caverns.

Londa Cave

Steffen A. Bass

Londa Cave is the best known burial cave in Tana Toraja. It has a numb ...

Updated: Aug 21, 2006 7:15am PST

Lemo : Lemo is probably the most famous and impressive Torajan cliff grave site with tau tau effigies. The cliffs are truly impressive, overlooking a large valley of rice paddies and small farms.

Lemo

Steffen A. Bass

Lemo is probably the most famous and impressive Torajan cliff grave si ...

Updated: Aug 21, 2006 7:12am PST

Lake Tempe : Lake Tempe used to be home to the largest bird population in Indonesia. However a recent drought caused a change in bird migration patterns, leaving Lake Tempe virtually deserted of the previously so numerous birds. So if you're interested in wildlife, don't waste your time here... However, we were able to visit a floating village of local fishermen which gave us great insights into their daily lives.

Lake Tempe

Steffen A. Bass

Lake Tempe used to be home to the largest bird population in Indonesia ...

Updated: Aug 21, 2006 7:09am PST

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