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Jan 19, 2008 - Buffalo Slaughter...in the heart of Toraja

After flying into Makassar from Mataram, we take an 8 hour bus ride to Rentapao, which is the principle city from which most people explore Tana Toraja. The indigenous culture and people of Toraja make it perhaps one of the coolest places to explore in all of Indonesia. The land is famous for its spectacular coffee and out of this world funeral celebrations. Because Torajans are a very proud people, most speak their own language, not Indonesian. Some cannot even speak the national language. This makes it necessary for us to hire a guide....

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May 18, 2006 - Rantepao, Tana Toraja, Sulawesi, Indonesia

FRIDAY, MAY 19, 2006. TANA TORAJA, SULAWESI, INDONESIA. After a nine hour bus ride along the coast and up into the mountains, past lush forests and numerous terraced rice fields, I arrived late yesterday in Rantepao, a perfect place to explore the Tana Toraja region of Sulawesi. My original plan was to hire motorbike and tour the region on my own. However, I met August the last night and he offered to be my guide and take me around on this motorbike (Rp 150,000). August picked me up at 9:00 a.m. and we headed straight for a local funeral...

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Apr 1, 2005 - Sulawesi

Makassar, Sulawesi for us, didnt stand up to the enthusiastic rap it was given in our guide book as an energetic city to spend some days, so we gave it the flick and made a bee line to the bus station. Our only interest this time, on this island, is Tana Toraja, a facinating area of funeral traditions, unusual architecture all set in the very picturesque green countryside. The bus trip took most of the day and we arrived by evening. We were tired and pleased that we had already made arrangements to be picked up and escorted to our...

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Sep 12, 2003 - Indonesia - Sulawesi - Tana Toraja

In my next life I want to come back as a water buffalo. Sure, they're not the prettiest of animals, but until the age of around 8-10 years they lead a blessed, pampered life in Tana Toraja. They no longer work in the rice fields (unlike the Indonesian farmers who work very hard all day), they get to roll around in the mud and leisurely graze in the harvested rice fields all day, and they get bathed every evening ... just cause they're special! Of course the down side is that because they are such special animals (and we never really did...

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