The Toraja are an ethnic group indigenous to a mountainous region of South Sulawesi, Indonesia. Their population is approximately 1,100,000, of whom 450,000 live in the regency of Tana Toraja (“Land of Toraja”). Most of the population is Christian, and others are Muslim or have local animist beliefs known as aluk (“the way”). The Indonesian government has recognised this animistic belief as Aluk To Dolo (“Way of the Ancestors”).
Protestant: 69.15%, Catholic: 16.97%, Islam: 5.99% and Torajan Hindu (Aluk To Dolo): 5.99%.
Location of Sulawesi in Indonesia
The word Toraja comes from the Buginese languageterm to riaja, meaning “people of the uplands”. The Dutch colonial government named the people Torajain 1909. Torajans are renowned for their elaborate funeral rites, burial sites carved into rocky cliffs, massive peaked-roof traditional houses known as tongkonan, and colourful wood carvings. Toraja funeral rites are important social events, usually attended by hundreds of people and lasting for several days.
Before the 20th century, Torajans lived in autonomous villages, where they practised animism and were relatively untouched by the outside world. In the early 1900s, Dutch missionaries first worked to convert Torajan highlanders to Christianity. When the Tana Toraja regency was further opened to the outside world in the 1970s, it became an icon of tourism in Indonesia: it was exploited by tourism development and studied by anthropologists. By the 1990s, when tourism peaked, Toraja society had changed significantly, from an agrarian model—in which social life and customs were outgrowths of the Aluk To Dolo—to a largely Christian society. Today, tourism and remittances from migrant Torajans have made for major changes in the Toraja highland, giving the Toraja a celebrity status within Indonesia and enhancing Toraja ethnic group pride.
3D/2N RAMMANG – RAMMANG – TORAJA LAND Rp. 1.500.000/pax (Min 05 Pax) Day 01 : Airport – Rammang-Rammang – Toraja After arrive at Airport Makassar, direct to Rammang-Rammang, a full day exploration of the Rammang-Rammang, Rammang Rammang is a place in the mountain range karst (limestone) Maros-Pangkep. It is in the village Salenrang, District Bontoa, Maros, South Sulawesi province, about 40 km north of Makassar. Rammang-Rammang can be reached by road with motor vehicles in less than 2 hours from the city of Makassar. Rammang-Rammang is conveniently located just a few meters from the highway across the province. The name “Rammang-Rammang” comes from the language of Makassar, where rammang word means “cloud” or “mist”. So rammang-rammang means a set of cloud or fog. Transfer to hotel 01 night stay. Day 02 : Toraja Tour – Makassar Arrive at Toraja, transfer to visiting Lemo to see the cliff displaying ancestral sculptures and the hanging graves. Continue to Londa, which has an ancient ceremonial burial place. Kete Kesu is a wonderful Toraja village where we see ‘Tongkonan’ houses and rice barns. Then Kambira, Buntupune and the last Lokomata. After that transfer to Makassar city. Day 03 : Airport Makassar Arrive in the morning at Airport, Tour end. Inclusions: 5. Tour and transfers as mentioned in the itinerary with private vehicle 6. English, France and Dutch speaking guide. 7. Entrance fee, donation fee 8. Boat Rammang-Rammang Exclusions: 8. Airfares and Airport Tax 9. Extra Meals and Drink during Tour 10. Accomodation 11. Lunch, Dinner 12. Personal Account Such as : Telephone,Laundry,Mini Bar, etc 13. Tipping Guide and Driver For Your Info : Lunch Rp. 95.000/person/meals Dinner Rp. 95.000/person/meals Hotel 3 & 4* rate Rp. 650.000 – Rp. 850.000/room/night incl. B’fast Hotel 2* rate Rp. 500.000 – Rp. 600.000/room/night incl. B’fast Transit Hotel Rp. 325.000/room incl. B’fast[/box]
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