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Ancestor story : Tau-tau, personification of nobility

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.
Because tau-tau is a symbol of the deceased, the tau-tau is treated like a living person such as being clothed, clothed, given food and pangngan (betel nut and areca nut). The Tau-tau that has been finished is always placed side by side with the dead body. The Tau-tau was carried along with the body at the funeral to the burrow or grave. Tau-tau is placed outside and at a funeral area will be placed lined up in a specially made place. Funeral sites that have lots of tau-tau include Londa, Lemo, Suaya, and Ke’te Kesu.
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