A Mystical Tana Toraja

I know it's been two months since the last post and I am still struggle to manage time to post. I was busy going to places and trying to enjoy the moment, without any distraction from social media or any devices. Anyway, in this post I am about to share one of my unpublished trip to Tana Toraja. I've been waiting for quite long to go there and I finally made it this year, because my impulsive decisions when my dad offered me to join him to Makassar. I was asking him is it possible for me to go to Toraja while he's working. As usual, I said to him that I've planned everything (which I haven't, lol) just to make sure he won't worry and off we go to Tana Toraja, woohoo!

At first, I was planning to take the midnight bus with my usual backpacking plan when I get there, yet apparently my mom join me then my dad's colleague prepare everything for us (the car, driver, hotel, local guide, like literally everything). Well, you know, this is a proof that good things happens when you least expect :)

And here we are. It takes around 10 hours drive from Makassar to Tana Toraja, you can also take the bus but you have to stick with the bus schedule. We only here for a night but it's enough time to explore Tana Toraja which the total area is only around three thousand kilometers square. Not much places to explore, because the actual reason for me to visit this place is to get to know more about its funeral rites. Torajans are known for their elaborate funeral rites, burial sites carved into rocky cliffs, massive peaked-roof traditional houses known as tongkonan, and colorful wood carvings. Toraja funeral rites are important social events, usually attended by hundreds of people and lasting for several days. We depart from Makassar in the afternoon and arrive at Toraja in the midnight. In the next day, we wake up early to explore the burial sites, such as: Kete Kesu, Londa, and Lemo.

In Toraja, funeral ritual is one of the most important and expensive events for these communities and some Torajans save money their entire lives for a decent burial. “You can make an excuse for a wedding, but you have to come to a funeral” they said.

Everything's all set and our local guide is very informative, but Tana Toraja is kinda creepy place for me, I could feel that the places are mystical and they have many rules about funeral and everything but overall, it's beautiful experience for me to know about their strange culture. I would love to go there again some time to witness the Ma'nene ritual, a cleaning of the Corpses' festival where skeletons are dug up, dressed and paraded in streets. Sound creepy but it's a real thing, tho.

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Hidden Paradise of Makassar: Rammang-Rammang


I've been committed to myself to consistently write and post, yet since I haven't go anywhere new so I'm about to post some of my unpublished travel experience and this is one of them. 

Couple of months ago I went to Makassar with my mom and dad, because why not? 
My dad has a work to do there and it's been a while since my mom's last holiday so I asked her to join me. Back in the day at Makassar, we didn't have so much time to go somewhere far, so one of my dad's student recommend and drive us all to the magical village called rammang-rammang. It's only an hour away from the city which located in the north of Makassar, Maros district - South Sulawesi. Apparently, it was the same place as the place that I want to visit which known as Salenrang village. What a surprise!

Here in rammang-rammang, they have Maros Pangkep Karst (the mountain which surround the village) is claimed as the second largest karst mountain in the world after South China Karst in Yunnan. Yet, we have to take a boat to discover the village and once you get there you'll be amaze. It literally a place you have to visit if you go to Makassar, I guess.

Anyway, thanks to my dad's student who made us a video about the whole trip below. Enjoy!

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