Faces of Tana Toraja

We are waiting for our night bus back to Makassar afterwards. The sky is giving its heaviest down pour in the last 72 hours. So we are relaxing at Mambo Restaurant publishing this post.

Traditional costume (Tana Toraja)

We met this girl during lunch just now. She was dressing up for the celebration of 100 years gospel spreading into Toraja (“100 tahun injil masuk Toraja”). When she grows older, perhaps she can become another ‘cover girl’ for the Toraja tourist guide.

cover girl on Toraja tourist map

The old lady above was the actual weaving lady on the tourist map. More info about the weaving town (Sa’dan To’Barana) was posted yesterday. It is good to purchase something as a token of appreciation to the people who contribute to the local tourism.

Kids riding in front of Alang (Tana Toraja)

We rented a motorbike and ventured into some traditional villages where the local still staying in the community.

The world climate has changed and that implied that we can no longer rely on the ‘best time to visit xxx destination’. July and August have the lowest rainfall based on historical data, but it rains 3 full days out of 4 days we are in Rantepao.

school kids at Tana Toraja (2)

Three kids were sharing a small umbrella on their way home from school. We were taking shelter underneath a rice barn.

school kids at Tana Toraja (1)

These two kids joined us at the rice barn (‘alang’).

Faces of Tana Toraja (1)

A local man using ‘sarong’ to help up his daughter, and they were glad to pose for a photo.

Faces of Tana Toraja (3)

We met a group of kids at Palawa.

Faces of Tana Toraja (5)

Kids are fun subject for photo.

Faces of Tana Toraja (4)

This kid was practicing the superman flying stunt inside the motorbike rental shop.

Bike Rental Shop

Thank you for warm hospitality of the Toraja people.

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