According to myth and legend, the single ancestor
of the Toraja people originated from heaven. This myth passed into
legend as it was told from generation to generation. Today the people of
Toraja continue telling the myth that the first ancestor of the Toraja
used “stairway to go down from heaven”, the functioned of this stairway
was as a media to communicate with Puang Matua (The Only One God).
name of Toraja was given by the Bugis Sidendereng tribe and the people
of Luwu. The Sidendereng people named the population of this region
“Riaja” (“The first people inhabiting the upper part of country or
mountainous area”). In the meantime, the people of Luwu called these
people “Riajang” (“People inhabiting in the west”). Another version is
the word ‘Toraya’ coined from To (Tau = people), and Raya (coined from
the word Maraya = great). The two words together mean “great people”, or
noble man. Eventually, the term morphed into Toraja. The word “Tana”
means country. The Toraja inhabitants were eventually known as Tana
Tanah Toraja is a fascinating tourist destination known
for its many cultures. This regency, situated about 350 km to the north
of Makassar, is known for its traditional house style. The traditional
house is called “Tongkonan”. The roof is made of palm or coconut leaves
and has a life expectancy of about 50 years before needing replacement.
This Tongkonan also has a stratum in line with its community nobility
hierarchy categorized as gold, bronze, iron and brass. Another
attraction in Tanah Toraja is rambu solo, the traditional burial
ceremony which is note worthy primarily because of the children’s graves
being within living trees. The children are buried in Tarra tree trunks
at Kambira Kampong, Sangalla village, about 20 kilometers from
Rantepao. These graves were prepared for children of 0-7 years. This
children’s burial right has not been performed in tens of years.
However, the trees in which the children are buried are still growing
and visited by many tourists. The fruit of the Tarra tree is similar to
breadfruit and consumed by the locals, primarily in a vegetable soup.
Quoted from : http://www.indonesia.travel/en/destination/251/visit-the-land-of-heaven
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