Waruga is a coffin made of stone that is used to
put the dead body of Minahasa tribe, in a squatting position. Waruga
lies in Sawangan village, Airmadidi sub-district or some 40 kilometers
from Manado,North Sulawesi province.
Based on local beliefs,
this coffin is made of carved stone and formed like a house and this
tradition has existed since 1600AD. This coffin forms are varied,
depending on occupation or profession of those buried in Waruga.
are 104 dotu or clans in waruga compound in Sawangan, who were
previously spread in several villages in Minahasa district, but now
gathered in waruga compound in Sawangan and Airmadidi.
incredible heritage of megalitikum era is very attractive, several
important figures visited this place. They among others are Queen
Beatrix, Prince Bernard, Queen Juliana and many more.
This Waruga site is located only some 40
kilometers from Manado, the capital city of North Sulawesi province. To
go to this location, you can take a private car or taxi from Manado, for
only about one hour.
it is a cemetery compound, you can just walk around to explore every
corner of this tourist site. You can also find cemetary of local
community by its main entrance. The gate is always locked by Waruga
guard who lives near the location. It is best to visit this site from
08.00 to 18.00 local time.
observing this unique coffin, you can also see reliefs on the right and
left walls before entering Waruga. These reliefs show the process of
making Waruga long time ago. You can also see heritage of the death in
Waruga Museum which is located right beside the site entrance. This
Museum is a small tall house with shelves containing bracelets,
necklaces, ear rings made of gold, silver and copper.
ancient material culture is unique for its form and carved stones.
Waruga is not burried, and is only one meter wide and one to two meters
tall placed on the ground. These boxes contain bodies in a squatting
position and are covered by stone roof that look like a house roof.
No hotel is available in this location. If you
like to stay overnight, you can stay in Tondano, which is about 30
minutes drive from Sawangan. Alternatively, it will take only about one
hour to return to Manado from Airmadidi.
this compound, there is no food or drink seller. Therefore, it is best
for you to bring along your own food when visiting this site. All food
should be consumed outside the cemetery.
shop sells souvenirs in this cemetery compound. Similarly, Waruga in
Airmadidi, which is about 10 minutes drive from Sawangan, also does not
have any shop selling souvenirs.
you are not familiar with this place, it is best to ask people around.
Quoted from : http://www.indonesia.travel/en/destination/98/waruga-sawangan
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