Image: Tau tau gallery at Toraja burial site

Tau tau gallery at Toraja burial site

Tau tau gallery at the entrance of a burial site. This photo was taken in an area specifically reserved for tourism, near Rantepao, Toraja Region, April 2001.

Photographer:
Dr Jesmond Sammut
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© Dr Jesmond Sammut

Notes

Wooden human figures called tau tau accompany the deceased on their journey from the funeral house to the burial ground, where they watch over both the living and the dead. Once carved only for wealthy families, they are now status symbols used by a range of families.

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Tags Death Online, burial, tau tau, figures, statues, funerary, Toraja, Sulawesi, Indonesia,

1 comment

ato - 6.01 AM, 09 January 2010
by the wood material of tau tau we can also classifies which is the royal/wealthy one.the highest is made from cendana wood,then jack-fruit,then other wood..

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