A Mystical Tana Toraja

17/09/2016
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 Anyway, in this post I am about to share one of my unpublished trip to Tana Toraja.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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