I am Yulmine a student of Five Senior High School Bandung, West Java, Indonesia. I come from Tana Toraja, South Sulawesi, Indonesia. Sulawesi Island is far from Java. It takes two hours from Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia, by plane to Makasar, South Sulawesi. From there, it needs eight hours by bus. It is located in the north of Makasar. My parents live in Tana Toraja, while I live in Bandung, West Java, with my cousins. Last holiday, Kuda Lumping and I visited my home town, Tana Toraja.
Tana Toraja has a specific and unique funeral ceremony which is called Rambu Tuka’. It is a big party. The picture shows us a traditional house from Tana Toraja which is called Tongkonan. In Tana Toraja, dead body is not buried, but it is put in Tongkonan for several times, even can be more than ten years until the family have enough money to held the ceremony. Unfortunately, when Kuda Lumping visited Tana Toraja, there is no ceremony so I can show you the picture of that big party.
After ceremony, the dead body is brought to the cave or to the wall of the mountain. the picture is taken in one of the caves in Londa. The skulls show us that the dead body is not buried but just put stone or ground, or put in the hole.
This is statue of an old man. It is dressed like man. When the cloth is old, it is worn the new one. Behind us, it is a souvenirs shop where you can buy everything specific from Tana Toraja. There are clothes, bags, wallets and other handicrafts
Flat and I are in the cave. These are the skulls of young people who killed themselves because their parents didn’t allow them to get married. Why ? Because they were still family. It is a sad story from Tana Toraja. It makes Parents will be more careful to make decision for their children.
We are in the other side of the same cave,. There are a lot of skulls which tell us how many people are put there. The visitors can take the picture inside but sometimes the pictures show us nothing. Be careful with your camera!
To respect the dead body, the visitors put something near the dead body like, cigarettes, eyes glasses, coins and many others. How lucky our flat can visit this place and take the picture clearly.
The picture is taken in the wall of the mountain. They are dolls which show us the figure of the body when they were alive. Here we can see how they were respected and honored before they died. The dolls are called Tau-tau in Torajan language. When there are ten dolls means ten dead bodies are put there
This is the end of adventure of our flat. Do you join us? I’ll show you more interesting places in my home town Tana Toraja.
The white buffalo is the symbol of the nobleman. In the big funeral ceremony it is not easy to find the white buffalo because only rich family can contribute it. It costs seven times from the black buffalo.
Composed by : Yulmine Rian Rante Allo. The student of Five Senior High School, Bandung, West Java, Indonesia.