Trip to Makasar #3

Through the streets are relatively quiet, right-left hills and rice fields, after a long drive, and increasingly deserted streets. We were worried about getting lost, we finally decided to ask the people around. Thank goodness we are on the right track, just a few hundred meters away then it will reach the natural pond Limbong.

And finally, we arrived in the tourist area of Limbong natural pond. After parking the motor, we go up the stairs to the natural pond Limbong past the gate marked this tourist attraction. But unfortunately, the gate and stairs to the natural pond Limbong are less well maintained. The staircase and roof of the gate have been damaged. After climbing the stairs and through the gate, we arrived at Limbong natural pond.

Limbong natural pond

Limbong natural pond in the form of a lake with green water surrounded by karst. Looking around the area do not forget to take pictures.On the edge of the lake looks pink swan boat. Looks conspicuous amongst the green surroundings. The boat looked unkempt and rarely used. Perhaps because the lake water discharge was low tide so the boat can not be used.

After enjoying the natural beauty of natural pond Limbong, we continue to the next destination Kete kesu.

Kete kesu

Armed with a map, down a smooth road and a lot of directions makes it easy to find the location Kete Kesu. Kete kesu is a tourist attraction of Tana Toraja traditional house or known as Tongkonan. Here we can see the traditional house Toraja / Tongkonan is still the original roof is still using a coir and overgrown with plants. Here we can also see the barns are always built in front Tongkonan. In Tongkonan we can see buffalo horns hanging in front of Tongkonan. Buffalo horns have meaning prosperity and wealth. It also became the social status of Toraja people in society.



Coffin on the cliff wall in the tomb area

In the vicinity of Tongkonan area, there is a tomb of Toraja community. Toraja is famous for its unique burial way that the corpses are not buried in the ground but buried in the cliffs or in the cave. So, when someone dies, the corpse was put into a wooden box and then placed on a cliff or in a cave.

After traveling around Kete kesu, we continue to the next destination is the funeral area Londa. In Londa, we can see wooden statues placed on the cliff wall. The statues are a representation of the bodies of the dead. Nearby are wooden coffins.

Londa’s tomb area



The wooden statues

Then we will be accompanied by a guide to a cave. Going into this cave we need lighting can be a light or a flashlight. Inside this cave, we can find skeletons scattered and coffins in every corner of the cave. The skeletons come from coffins that are already fragile and crumbling. There are some parts of the cave that have a low roof so we need to bend over it. After walking around the cave, we get out. A bit far from the cave area will be seen a hill with steep cliffs and grove of trees. If our eyes are jelly then it will be seen the coffin tucked between the cliff walls.

Can you see the coffin between the cliff walls?


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