The Ne’ Gandeng Museum is a complex of traditional Toraja houses and a variety of collections that stand on an area of ± 4 ha. The cultural collection of this museum is the equipment and items used in a rambu solo’ rite (death ritual).
The traditional building here was originally founded for the funeral procession of a woman named Ne’ Gandeng. He died in 1992. The construction took 8 years which began in 1994 and was completed in 2001.
In the rambu solo’ ritual, lantang are temporary huts that are used to accommodate families and guests who come to attend the ceremony. In general, after the ritual is finished, the hut is left collapsed or demolished.
But at the time of the lantang construction plan for the funeral of Ne’ Gandeng, there was an idea from one of the families at that time to make a permanent hut that resembled the Toraja traditional house arranged according to the rules of cultural customs.
After the funeral ritual was completed in early 2002, this place was immediately converted into a museum by the Tana Toraja government at that time. A museum of rambu solo’. Collections from this museum include:
- There are 6 alangs in the middle of the museum. Some alang can be used as lodging / homestays.
- Some permanent huts in the form of traditional houses, can be used as lodging by visitors.
- Rante with menhirs who stand tall in the center of the museum complex.
- Statue or tau-tau from the Ne’ Gandeng.
- Rambu solo’ equipment such as lakkian (where carrying coffins), bombongan and others.
The Ne’ Gandeng Museum is ± 7 km from the city center of Rantepao, located in Malakiri, Palangi village, Balusu sub-district, North Toraja. Now the Ne’ Gandeng museum is managed by the Ne’ Gandeng Foundation.
Ne’ Gandeng museum is very broad so that various activities other than the rambu solo’ ceremony can be done here. The manager opens the museum for various events such as spiritual activities, meetings, sports, cultural activities, festival and wedding receptions.