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Pictures of toraja land in Indonesia [updated 2014-04-08]



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Orange orchid with magenta spots (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Orange orchid with magenta spots


Red anchovies at fish market in Rantepao (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Red anchovies at fish market in Rantepao


Rice fields near Batutomonga village  (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Rice fields near Batutomonga village


Rice fields (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Rice fields


Top breed white water buffalo (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Top breed white water buffalo


Palawa village (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Palawa village


Muddy rice fields in Tana Toraja (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Muddy rice fields in Tana Toraja


Yellow and brown toad in Sulawesi (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Yellow and brown toad in Sulawesi.


Tau-Tau Effigies at Londa Nanggala (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Tau-Tau Effigies at Londa Nanggala


Deep red millipede on forest floor (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Deep red millipede on forest floor


Little girls at Lemo (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Little girls at Lemo


Pomelo (Jerunga) fruit (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Pomelo (Jerunga) fruit


Palm fruits (close up) (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Palm fruits (close up)


Rice fields at Lemo (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Rice fields at Lemo


Giant bamboo (Dendrocalamus giganteus) (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Giant bamboo (Dendrocalamus giganteus)


Tombs carved in a rock face at Lemo (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Tombs carved in a rock face at Lemo


Sphenomorphus skink species in Sulawesi (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Sphenomorphus skink species in Sulawesi.


Londa Nanggala cave with wooden funeral effigies and hanging coffins (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Londa Nanggala cave with wooden funeral effigies and hanging coffins. This is the burial custom of the Sa'dan Toraja people of upland Sulawesi.


Rice paddies near Batutomonga village  (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Rice paddies near Batutomonga village


Coffins and wooden effigies in cave at Londa Nanggala (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Coffins and wooden effigies in cave at Londa Nanggala


Grey tree frog (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Grey tree frog


Water buffalo in rice paddies near Batutomonga village  (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Water buffalo in rice paddies near Batutomonga village


Wooden effigies of the dead in cliff walls at Lemo (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Wooden effigies of the dead in cliff walls at Lemo


Muddy rice fields near Ketu Kese (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Muddy rice fields near Ketu Kese


House gecko on yellow-orange background (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
House gecko on yellow-orange background


Terraced rice fields of Batutomonga (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Terraced rice fields of Batutomonga


Rice paddies at Batutomonga  (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Rice paddies at Batutomonga


Traditional painting on the side of a home in Palawa (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Traditional painting on the side of a home in Palawa. Orange and black-brown paint has been used to color the art.


Green cacao pods still on the tree (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Green cacao pods still on the tree. Cacao is cauliflorous, meaning the fruit grow directly out of the tree trunk and branches.


Wooden effigies of the dead at Lemo (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Wooden effigies of the dead at Lemo


Woman planting in rice paddy (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Woman planting in rice paddy


Woman with kids (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Woman with kids


Rice paddies near Batutomonga village  (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Rice paddies near Batutomonga village


Selecting among fish at market in Rantepao (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Selecting among fish at market in Rantepao


Painting of roosters and water buffalos--orange, red, and dark brown paint (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Painting of roosters and water buffalos--orange, red, and dark brown paint


Rice fields at Lemo (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Rice fields at Lemo


Terraced rice paddies of Batutomonga (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Terraced rice paddies of Batutomonga


Wooden coffin carved in the shape of a pig (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Wooden coffin carved in the shape of a pig


Hardware store / stand in market in Rantepao (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Hardware store / stand in market in Rantepao


Teak nursery (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Teak nursery. Teak is a good species for reforestation projects. The valuable timber species is fast-growing.


Rice tiers of Batutomonga (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Rice tiers of Batutomonga


Unripe green cacao pods (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Unripe green cacao pods


Bamboo shoot (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Bamboo shoot


Typical Toraja house (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Typical Toraja house


Rice paddies near Batutomonga village  (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Rice paddies near Batutomonga village


Rice fields near Batutomonga village  (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Rice fields near Batutomonga village


Toraja rice fields (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Toraja rice fields


Chilis and tomatos at the market in Rantepao (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Chilis and tomatos at the market in Rantepao


Mountains (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Mountains


Highly valued white steer (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Highly valued white steer


Stone tomb in a rock wall at Lemo (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Stone tomb in a rock wall at Lemo


Rice fields at Batutomonga  (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Rice fields at Batutomonga


Construction of a traditional home in Palawa (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Construction of a traditional home in Palawa


Children in Tikala (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Children in Tikala


Human skull on rock at Ketu Kese (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Human skull on rock at Ketu Kese


Working in the rice fields (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Working in the rice fields


Peppers at the market in Rantepao (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Peppers at the market in Rantepao


Bucket of live eels at fish market in Rantepao (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Bucket of live eels at fish market in Rantepao


Traditional Tongkonan wood tomb (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Traditional Tongkonan wood tomb. Suaya.


The next generation of teak trees (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
The next generation of teak trees


Tombs carved in a stone wall at Lemo (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Tombs carved in a stone wall at Lemo


Wooden Coffins at Londa Nanggala (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Wooden Coffins at Londa Nanggala


Palawa village houses (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Palawa village houses


Papaya tree with papayas (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Papaya tree with papayas


Tombs in cliffs at Londa Nanggala (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Tombs in cliffs at Londa Nanggala


Asian black rooster (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Asian black rooster


Ripening cacao pods still on the tree (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Ripening cacao pods still on the tree


Weaver in Rantepao (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Weaver in Rantepao


Rice fields at Lemo (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Rice fields at Lemo


Buying and selling at vegetable market in Rantepao (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Buying and selling at vegetable market in Rantepao


Severed pig snout and hoof (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Severed pig snout and hoof


Drying rice at Batutomonga (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Drying rice at Batutomonga


Market in Rantepao (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Market in Rantepao


Human bones left in cave as traditional burial practice at Londa Nanggala (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Human bones left in cave as traditional burial practice at Londa Nanggala


Red millipede (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Red millipede


Children in Tikala (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Children in Tikala


Cattle jawbones hung along a fence (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Cattle jawbones hung along a fence


Metal workers pounding a hand knife into shape (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Metal workers pounding a hand knife into shape


Lemo village (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Lemo village


Men preparing to slaughter a pig (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Men preparing to slaughter a pig. The pig is bound with rope to a bamboo pole.


Toraja man painting carved wooded boxes at Keta Kese (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Toraja man painting carved wooded boxes at Keta Kese


Yellow and brown toad with black markings (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Yellow and brown toad with black markings.


Human skulls in cave at Londa Nanggala (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Human skulls in cave at Londa Nanggala


Fish pond in a rice field (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Fish pond in a rice field. Mixing aquaculture with crop cultivation can pay dividends for farmers. Fish fertilize the rice and eat insects and food waste.


Three ripe cacao pods (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Three ripe cacao pods


Toraja children playing with bubbles in cave at Londa Nanggala (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Toraja children playing with bubbles in cave at Londa Nanggala


Rice paddies of Batutomonga (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Rice paddies of Batutomonga


Rooster pecking away at carrots in central market (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Rooster pecking away at carrots in central market


Baby grave tree at Sarapung (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Baby grave tree at Sarapung


Red cacao pod (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Red cacao pod


Crocodile patterns carved in wood at Tongkonan house (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Crocodile patterns carved in wood at Tongkonan house


Old woman with children (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Old woman with children


Tradtional Toraja house at Ketu Kese (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Tradtional Toraja house at Ketu Kese


Water buffalo in rice fields near Batutomonga village  (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Water buffalo in rice fields near Batutomonga village


Human remains at cave in Londa Nanggala (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Human remains at cave in Londa Nanggala


Skulls and coffins in cave at Londa Nanggala (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Skulls and coffins in cave at Londa Nanggala


Coffee being sold at the central market in Rantepao (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Coffee being sold at the central market in Rantepao


Tiered rice fields (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Tiered rice fields


Rice fields at Batutomonga  (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Rice fields at Batutomonga


Green algae-covered skulls in cave at Londo Nanggala (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Green algae-covered skulls in cave at Londo Nanggala


Rice paddies at Batutomonga  (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Rice paddies at Batutomonga


Bamboo structure that will house funeral guests (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Bamboo structure that will house funeral guests. More than a hectare of bamboo can be cleared for constructing temporary housing for guests attending a large funeral.


Little kids at Lemo (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Little kids at Lemo


Rice fields (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Rice fields


Children playing with bubbles (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Children playing with bubbles


Rice fields (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Rice fields


Men carrying hog for slaughter at Tongkonan funeral (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Men carrying hog for slaughter at Tongkonan funeral


Pig entrails--prep for a traditional Torajanese funeral (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Pig entrails--prep for a traditional Torajanese funeral


Muddy rice fields in Torajaland (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Muddy rice fields in Torajaland


Kids peaking through a doorway (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Kids peaking through a doorway


Sack at a cave grave site at Lemo (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Sack at a cave grave site at Lemo


Heliconia (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Heliconia


Man carving balsa wood art at Ketu Kese (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Man carving balsa wood art at Ketu Kese


Green rice paddies of Batutomonga (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Green rice paddies of Batutomonga


Toraja boy with bamboo tube full of
Toraja boy with bamboo tube full of "tuak"


Men making bamboo sheaths for hand knives (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Men making bamboo sheaths for hand knives


Red millipede (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Red millipede


Skull alongside wodden coffin at Ketu Kese (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Skull alongside wodden coffin at Ketu Kese


Green cacao pods (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Green cacao pods


Teak tree nursery (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Teak tree nursery




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