Tau-tau in Toraja comes from the word “tau” means person or human. Tau-tau is a statue that is made specifically as personification or similitude for someone who has died. Making tau-tau is based on the social strata concerned.
- Tau-tau, made from jackfruit wood, is intended for aristocratic groups who, when the rambu solo’ ceremony (death ceremony) is cut 24 or more buffaloes (dirapa’i).
- Tau-tau made from bamboo or lampa (tau-tau lampa, lampa = bamboo). Made for underprivileged nobles.
- Ordinary people and servants (Toraja : kaunan) are not made tau-tau.