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



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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.


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


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.


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


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


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


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


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


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.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Rice field with red-roofed but traditional Troraja structure in the background (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Rice field with red-roofed but traditional Troraja structure in the background


Toraja land sunset (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Toraja land sunset


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


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


Intricately carved and painted Toraja house in Ketu Kese (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Intricately carved and painted Toraja house in Ketu Kese


Bamboo growing under cliff face--trail at Ketu Kese (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Bamboo growing under cliff face--trail at Ketu Kese


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


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


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


Durian fruit in the market (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Durian fruit in the market. The sales of Durian have been banned in some markets due to the fruit's offensive odor. It is said that the durian "tastes like heaven but smells like hell."


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


Toraja kids playing with bubbles at Londa Nanggala (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Toraja kids playing with bubbles at Londa Nanggala


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


Men tilling rice field at Batutomonga  (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Men tilling rice field at Batutomonga


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


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


Houses of Palawa, a traditional village in Torajaland  (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Houses of Palawa, a traditional village in Torajaland


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


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


Blacksmiths mnking a machete (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Blacksmiths mnking a machete


Toad with mottled brown, beige, and yellow coloring and black spots (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Toad with mottled brown, beige, and yellow coloring and black spots.


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


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


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


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.


Tomb carved in granite rock at Pana (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Tomb carved in granite rock at Pana


Workers in rice fields of Batutomonga (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Workers in rice fields of Batutomonga


1000 rupiah note among cigarettes and coins at grave site in cave (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
1000 rupiah note among cigarettes and coins at grave site in cave


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


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


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


Woman working in muddy rice field (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Woman working in muddy rice field


Ducks in rice paddy in Toraja land (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Ducks in rice paddy in Toraja land


Londa Nanggala cave with hanging coffins and funeral effigies (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Londa Nanggala cave with hanging coffins and funeral effigies. The traditional burial practices of the Sa'dan Toraja people of upland Sulawesi.


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


Foam of rice wine rising out of bamboo shoot (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Foam of rice wine rising out of bamboo shoot


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Muddy rice paddies (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Muddy rice paddies


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


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


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


Food preparation for a funeral (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Food preparation for a funeral


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


Purple flowers (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Purple flowers


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


Toraja boy drinking
Toraja boy drinking "tuak". Tuak is the traditional alcoholic beverage of Toraja land. It is the fermented sap of a certain type of palm tree. Tuak is generally served in a cut tube of bamboo.


Black dung beetle with orange antennae (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Black dung beetle with orange antennae.


Slaughtering a pig at a funeral ceremony in Sulawesi (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Slaughtering a pig at a funeral ceremony in Sulawesi


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


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


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.


Men plowing rice paddy at Batutomonga  (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Men plowing rice paddy at Batutomonga


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


Palawa village home, note the stack of water buffalo horns (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Palawa village home, note the stack of water buffalo horns. This reflects the number of water buffalo killed for the funeral of the owner of this house.


Torajaland sunset (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Torajaland sunset


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


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


Toraja boy with bamboo tube full of palm wine (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Toraja boy with bamboo tube full of palm wine


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


Fish pond in a rice field (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Fish pond in a rice field


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


Wooden tongkonan tomb (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Wooden tongkonan tomb


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


Steer in rice field (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Steer in rice field


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


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


Heliconia (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Heliconia


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


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


Picking the right eeel at the fish market in Rantepao (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Picking the right eeel at the fish market in Rantepao


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


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


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.


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


Shack in rice fields of Lemo (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Shack in rice fields of Lemo


Water buffalo mural at Palawa (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Water buffalo mural at Palawa. Orange and black-brown paint has been used to color the art.


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


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


Water buffalo in rice paddy at Batutomonga  (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Water buffalo in rice paddy at Batutomonga


Mountains (Toraja Land (Torajaland), Sulawesi)
Mountains


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




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