Initially, the Toraja were adherents to a traditional religion called aluk todolo, which was carried and spread by their ancestors long before the celestial religion entered. This traditional belief has its roots in the culture of Toraja, so that even in the era of globalization, the original adherents of the ancestral religion are few, the Toraja people still maintain their ancestral traditions today. Every year, this culture attracts thousands of tourists to visit.
Cultural attractions are the first attraction for tourists. Furthermore, there are historical sites, natural landscapes and panoramas that are phenomenal, there are destinations with nuances of religion, agrotourism, traditional culinary and sport tourism.
This cultural tourism is a characteristic of Toraja which has been attached for a long time and there are no duplicates throughout the universe. Prominent cultural activities are the rambu solo’ ritual (the typical burial of the Toraja tribe), mangrara banua tongkonan (the ordination of traditional houses) and the ma’nene ritual (maintenance of graves and ancestral remains). Other cultural attributes are hanging tombs, cliff burials, baby graves in trees and many others.
Historical tourism includes many ancient sites and relics from the colonial period. There are also hundreds of years old traditional settlements, museums, erong (ancient crates) and simbuang (menhirs).
The strength and uniqueness of Toraja culture is also evident in the language, arts and literature used in various traditional, cultural and religious activities. Toraja carvings, traditional dances and music, weaving, traditional handicrafts and various local wisdom practices, all of which are high-value collections of Toraja culture that are interesting to explore.
The Toraja landscape has so many incredibly beautiful panoramas. There are various spots with views over the clouds, rice terracing landscapes that follow the contours of hills and valleys, karst mountains complete with cliffs and natural caves, natural baths and savannahs. Toraja also is a storehouse of waterfalls and protected forests.
Buntu Burake tourist attraction where there is one of the tallest statues of Jesus in the world and the Sa’pak Bayo-Bayo spiritual pilgrimage center are two of the most visited religious destinations.
Certain animals and plants have important positions in the customs and culture of the Toraja people. There are 3 main animals namely buffalo, pig and chicken. All three are used in traditional rituals. There are 4 important plants: coffee, rice, bamboo and palm sugar. Exploring how the cultivation and utilization of these 3 animals and 4 plants is an attraction of agro tourism in Toraja.
Besides that, there are several varieties of plants that are local plants and become an icon of Toraja. Toraja coffee is very global with its distinctive taste and aroma, katokkon (local chili), Baruppu’ taro and local rice.
Don’t forget the traditional cuisine with typical pa’piong food (meat cooked in bamboo), dishes with black herbs (pamarrasan), various traditional cakes and traditional drinks.
Toraja also has sport tourism. Some routine events include Toraja marathon and trail adventure. Other sport tourism is paragliding, rock climbing, caving, trekking, rafting, hiking and canyoneering.
Visit Toraja. Even though Bali is known as the excellent of Indonesia, you will never find Toraja in Bali. Toraja exists in a completely different world. In a land known as paradise, sacred highlands or the land of heavenly kings.