Image: 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.
- Dr Jesmond Sammut
- © Dr Jesmond Sammut
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.