Image: Toraja dancers perform warrior dance

Toraja dancers perform warrior dance

Wearing curved buffalo horns, Toraja dancers perform a warrior dance, Tangulipu Village, Toraja, Sulawesi.

J Feldman
© J Feldman


The Toraja live in the mountainous southern region of the Indonesian island of Sulawesi. Most are now Christian. However, elements of the traditional religion, aluk to dolo ('the law of the ancestors') are still followed, especially in rural areas.

At a large funeral for a higher-caste person, a warrior dance called ma'randing is performed, to welcome the guests. The dancers' outfits are based on traditional warrior dress and weaponry.

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