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Kete Kesu

Kete' Kesu is a traditional village of Tana Toraja near Rantepao city, Sanggalangi districts, North Toraja regency, South Sulawesi, where the traditional life of the community is still found and various ancient relics such as stone graves more than 500 years, also canoe-shaped stone coffin containing the remains of human skull and bones.

Kete Kesu is classic village of Toraja culture in rows of Tongkonan houses is a traditional Toraja house stately and old graveyard where almost all the laid stone coffin hanging on the cliffs or caves. In some places visible graves belong to the nobility in the landscape of meadows and lush rice fields.

Tinuku Travel Kete Kesu Toraja, traditional village in row Tongkonan houses 300 years old, 500 years tombs and menhirs

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Travel.Tinuku.com Kete Kesu Toraja, traditional village in row Tongkonan houses 300 years old, 500 years tombs and menhirs

Tongkonan rows in Kete Kesu has rock cliffs panaorama background. On the cliffs many human bones as an area reserved for the final resting place or Toraja residents cemetery. In cliff area also has a Erong as place to put the human body.

At the top of cliff walls there are also Tau-Tau are sculptures and complete clothing as a symbol of family members who have died. Graves 500 years old and 300-year-old traditional houses are dealing with small granaries. Six architecture Tongkonan very pretentious and 12 barns are complementary piece of ceremonial land decorated by 20 menhirs and palm trees.

Tongkonan house is architecturally shaped stage and have entered beside the stairs. Construction of buildings using wood, bamboo and without nails. Wooden pegs were placed in construction to interconnected and locked to one another. The roof is made of woven bamboo.

Three layers of woven bamboo protects the top of the house. Bamboo overgrown by moss trust hold rainwater seepage. Torajanese perform the rituals of slaughtering buffalo, while the horns pinned lined up on wooden pole in front of each Tongkonan. The more buffalo horn, the higher the social position of the house owner.

Rice barns built using the same architectural techniques with Tongkonan. Granaries serves to accommodate the rice harvest and blend with traditional houses. Red, yellow and black are the main colors in Toraja culture. Red symbolizes nobility, yellow is joy, and black has sense of sorrow.

In one Tongkonan as a museum containing collection of objects such as Toraja traditional ancient engravings, weapons, ceramics, sculpture, fabrics from China and others. Museum is also a training center bamboo handicraft manufacture. The people living in this village have sculptor and painting skills.

Kete Kesu village is the area of culture and indigenous traditional ceremonies Toraja including Rambu Solok or funerals, Rambu Tuka or entering a new homes ceremonial and various other customary rituals. In the month of June to December various ceremonies and rituals are generally done by the people at this village.

Tinuku Travel Kete Kesu Toraja, traditional village in row Tongkonan houses 300 years old, 500 years tombs and menhirs

Tinuku.com Travel Kete Kesu Toraja, traditional village in row Tongkonan houses 300 years old, 500 years tombs and menhirs

Travel.Tinuku.com Kete Kesu Toraja, traditional village in row Tongkonan houses 300 years old, 500 years tombs and menhirs

Location: Tikunna Malenong sub-district, Sanggalangi district, North Toraja regency, South Sulawesi.

Activity: Explore ethnography, archeology, architecture, culture and culinary. Seeing sunset and sunrise, hunting photography and videography, and others.

Complementary facilities: Car parking, restrooms, restaurants, hotels and resorts.

Reach access: 6 km from Rantepao city, 19 km from Makale city.

Routes and public transport: All flights to Pongtiku Airport in Makale city, then using a car to Kete Kesu site. Another alternative flight to Makassar city, then using a car to Kete Kesu site.

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