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Lo’ko’mata | Tombs on a giant round stone

This one tourist destination has long been known and visited by many tourists. Apart from its strategic location and unique shape, the historical side is equally interesting.

Cultural tourism Lo’ko’mata is located in Pangden village, Tikala sub-district, North Toraja, right on the roadside of the Rantepao – Pangala ‘/ Sapan axis. This cultural site is more than 530 years old from the time it was first used.

pict by @ashtastar

It is named Lo’ko’mata because this carved natural stone resembles a human head. In Toraja consists of 2 words, namely lo’ko’ means cave or burrow and mata means eyes. Actually the lo’ko’mata burrow is named dassi dewata or the god bird, because this stone burrow is a place for the perches and nesting of various kinds of beautiful feathered birds with an exciting but sometimes frightening sound.

The chronology of making this giant stone tomb is as follows:

In the XIV century (in 1480) a young man named Kiding became a carver of the first hole on this giant stone for his father-in-law’s tomb named Pong Raga and Randa Tasik. In the sixteenth century (1675) Kombong and Lembang carved a second hole. In the seventeenth century, Rubak and Datu Bua made a third hole. Until now this large stone is still being used and making new holes.

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