Architecture in Tanah Toraja

Oddly Shaped Houses

When traveling Tanah Toraja, the homeland of the proud Torajanese mountain people, one cannot but notice the remarkable architecture of their houses. One thinks of a boat, which would not be that odd as all local legends tell the story of long and arduous boat trip from the north. Or maybe the shape reminds to a buffalo head? This could be an equally just explanation. The buffalo is, after all, a potent symbol of wealth throughout the Toraja world. Whatever explanation you may hear, read of or believe in, the sights on the numerous archetypal houses, are a constant reminder of where you are. The highly symbolic decorations on the wooden walls, often invoke typical village scenes. They are all wonderful pieces of folk art…

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