The shape of tongkonan is so unique that it becomes of the icons of Tana Toraja.
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.
The detailed artworks are intricate and symbolic for the Torajan culture.
Both Kete Kesu and Palawa have some traditional villages that are near to Rantepao.
As the nearest site to Rantepao town center, Kete Kesu has few interesting objects to offer.
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.
Behind the tongkonan houses are the hanging grave.
I travelled 10 hours bus ride from Makassar, just to see the unique Torajan burial culture.