Travelogue

Posts tagged “tongkonan

Tongkonan and Alang – the icons of Torajan Architecture

The shape of tongkonan is so unique that it becomes of the icons of Tana Toraja.

Palawa 2

The number of buffalo horns represent the number of buffalos the family had slaughtered. The jaws of the pigs were hang on the side of the house.

Palawa

The detailed artworks are intricate and symbolic for the Torajan culture.

Tongkonan and Alang (12)

Both Kete Kesu and Palawa have some traditional villages that are near to Rantepao.

Kete Kesu (1)

(more…)

Advertisements

Ke’te Kesu at the Land of Toraja

As the nearest site to Rantepao town center, Kete Kesu has few interesting objects to offer.

Kete Kesu (Tana Toraja) (1)

Ignore the dogs, the good stuff are behind the padi fields. The tongkonan houses. Tongkonan houses shape like the horns of a buffalo or a boat. They are the places for community folks to gather, as well storage for the harvest. I will show you more about the construction of tongkonan in other post.

Kete Kesu (Tana Toraja) (13)

Behind the tongkonan houses are the hanging grave.

Kete Kesu (Tana Toraja) (5)

I travelled 10 hours bus ride from Makassar, just to see the unique Torajan burial culture.

Kete Kesu (Tana Toraja) (7)

(more…)