Posted by: Johan Normark | March 29, 2009

Toraja tomb construction

On our final day in Tanah Toraja we went on a hike across the large rice fields in the hills surrounding Rantepao. The landscape is covered with small rock outcrops and these are often transformed into rock tombs. We came across one under construction.


The guy on the left is a professional tomb excavator and he does the work by himself. His only company is a rooster (used for cockfights). He travels around to different villages where he is hired for the work. I do not remember how long it takes to dig the whole tomb (which could contain several coffins), but I think it was two months.


After the funeral is over the tomb is closed by a wooden decorated door. The objects on top of the tomb below that looks like a tongkonan are the litters used to carry the coffins to their tombs.




  1. Toraja is Amazing .. I am really happy to be born as Torajanese

  2. I liked Tanah Toraja. Unfortunately we had bad weather. We flew from Makassar to Rantepao but had to turn back because of the weather.


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