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Lemo | The ancient site

The Lemo tourist attraction is located in Lemo, Sarira sub-district, North Makale, about 800 m from the Rantepao-Makale axis road. Lemo has long been known as a tourist destination and has become a subscription for tourists, both domestic and foreign. What can you find at Lemo? Following is a brief review.

Lemo archaeological site. Photo ig@pramudyawidita

Lemo’s ancient tomb site

Lemo is an ancient burial site belonging to the ancestors of the XV century Toraja tribe made on stone carved (liang paa’).

Lemo is called because there is a large orange-shaped stone (Toraja: “lemo“) in one of the caves belonging to Para (Panglili ‘tondok) which protected the people of Lemo during the war against the Dutch colonial. There are dozens of ancient stone burrows along with tau-tau that symbolize the people who are buried there. Tau-tau placed in front of the rock burrow that spread north to south.

Lemo views. Photo ig@panoviewsofficial

The Lemo stone cemetery was made by one of Topadatindo’s figures, Songgi’ Patalo, Lemo traditional ruler and its surroundings. Songgi’ Patalo is a descendant of Puang Tomembali Buntu with Tumba’ Tolayuk around 1650 BC. His tongkonan is Tongkonan Tondok which is the center of Lemo’s indigenous government and its surroundings. The location is located on the top of the rock mountain where Lemo chiseled.

The first grave at Lemo’s funeral is the upper left side of the northern part that was made around 1680 by Songgi’ Patalo descendants named Sakkoda.

Historic tongkonan at Lemo

Besides the ancient cemetery, there are also 3 tongkonans along with 3 barns built by the Directorate General of Cultural Heritage and Archaeological Reserve as a symbol of the 3 of “Tongkonan panglili’ tondok” in the Tallung Penanian neighborhood, which includes:

pict by @rizalauw
  • Para di Lemo
  • Arung di Rorre, and
  • Pong Letten di Limbu

There are also 3 main tongkonans as a symbol of Lemo’s society as a whole, namely:

Tongkonan Tumika Tongkonan Tambolang Tongkonan Tondok

Nature panorama

No less interesting on this site is a very beautiful natural panorama. Surrounded by a stretch of rice fields and the grandeur of the dead-end Sarira that rises. It would be very exotic to visit Lemo before the rice harvest.

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The tourists do not need to worry about souvenirs when visiting Lemo because there are many Toraja souvenir sellers lined up along the entrance. There are also tau-tau craftsmen (statues) that can be found in tourist sites.

pict by @lindaloudieerste

The best time to visit Lemo is the morning when the sun is right on the cliff where the caves are lined up in line. After being satisfied walking around Lemo, before noon you can visit the nearest destination which is Tilangnga’ natural pool which is only ± 2 km away.

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