Pala’ Tokke is a registered one in the Toraja Traditional Settlement that was nominated as a UNESCO world heritage. This cultural heritage is 7 km from the city of Rantepao, located in Pa’paelean village, Sanggalangi’ sub-district, North Toraja.
At this cultural site there is a hanging tomb placed on a mountain cliff. There are 4 erong (ancient coffin) hanging above the cliff, three boat-shaped and one buffalo-shaped. At first all erong here depends on the cliff but due to weathering finally fell to the bottom of the cliff.
Referring to a study that says that the number of erong found in Pala’ Tokke is 9, namely 6 in the boat-shaped, 2 in the buffalo-shaped and 1 in the pig-shaped. Orientation in the direction of laying erong is north-south. According to traditional Toraja beliefs, the south is a place of puya where spirits reside.
In general there are 3 forms of erong made by the ancestors of Toraja, namely the shape of a boat, buffalo and pig. These three forms dominate the erong findings at all ancient Toraja tomb sites.
About 200 m to the north of the tomb, there is a traditional settlement with its rante (field of death ceremonies) with its menhirs.
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