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Review of Londa Burial Caves

Londa Burial Caves
Ranked #1 of 15 things to do in Rantepao
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Reviewed 6 June 2014

Toraja is about burial. So this place is a must!
People put the coffin around the caves. Said that the higher the coffin the better. The believe is to put as near as possible to the God. Some of the coffins are old and broken. We can see many skull in a coffin, been told that it was for a whole family.
They put some offering near the skeleton or coffin, which are things they like when they were alive.
There are a pair of lover skulls. They had a forbidden love, because they were blood related.

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Reviewed 1 June 2014

Londa, along with Kete Kesu and Lemo, are the must visit sites on this
region. Like most Torajan sites, there are cliffs' graveyard. What differ Londa from other sites is its size and its caves. Londa has 2 caves on this sites, where each sized 5 m and 40 m.

Entering the caves lets you travel to flintsones era or might reckon you to pirates life. Skulls are
everywhere. Take the photoraph but never take the skulls away. They said it will curse you.

Would recommend you to bring headlight or torch to this site. There is torch rent as well, but the price is reasonably high - 3 usd.

1  Thank AnziG11
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Reviewed 1 April 2014

This site gives shows very clearly how the Toraja bury their people. It was rather macabre for my western attitude, but it is worth a visit to understand the local culture. The site is still used up to today.
Upon arrival you have to pay your entree fees and a guide with lamp. The "guide" we had didn't add anything to the experience, since he didn't know anything or didn't understand enough English. All together it becomes a rather expensive excursion for Indonesian standards.

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Reviewed 23 March 2014

With the tradition and the story behind the burial caves makes this place having mystical surrounding but also exotic place wouldn't easily to forget !

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Reviewed 15 January 2014

After a long drive from Makassar to Rentapao, arriving late night and a good night's rest, we set out on our program to visit the caves.
I was all excited about walking into damp and dark creepy caves. Seeing skulls and bones lying around was what got my attention to book this program.
Our guide, Wilson was very friendly and shared a lot of his views and information regarding the story behind the graves.
We started out by visiting a site that was an open field that from a nature perspective looked really beautiful. 3 horn shaped houses at the entrance, walk past a few tourist soveigner shops and you come out onto a setting with has 2 little portable hornshaped houses. Apparently these are used to move the bodies of the dead to their resting place. Look above these and you can see the little wooden doors that hide the graves behind them. They are quite high up so am sure getting them up there was no easy task. A little walk through the trees and a couple more tombs at ground level are visible. Walking across the fields and little shops adorn the countryside where a family run business sells little trinkets but also makes the little statues that are placed at the entrance to all the graves.
Stop 2 was the Londa Caves. A bit of a downhill walk through greenery and you arrive at the entrance to the caves. A ground level cave, another further uphill and the mountainside adorned with more statues. It does initially give you that creepy feeling of anticipation prior to going into the caves. Scattered all around the entrances are ancient coffins now reducing to dust over time and bones all around. And this is the just the entrance to the cave. Taking the walk up we enter the caves, with a lamp helmet and its surrounded by decaying bones and wooden coffins. Sacrificial cigarettes have been placed for some of the dearly departed although am not sure they need that many crossing over to the other side. The caves is quite dark and damp but I wasnt as creeped out as I expected to be. So bit disappointed with that. But an interesting sight nonetheless.
Leaving the area, we head back towards town to visit some hornhouses and also see the baby burial tree. Its not used anymore but it was used specifically for babies that passed away and more particularly aged less than 9 months only.
By chance, we happened to be in the neighbourhood while a funeral was being attended to. People from all the nearby villages come to pay respects, food is passed around (ideally pig and buffalo are on the menu and thats a lot of meat for a lot of people) .. Anyone is allowed to participate and even as guests and tourists we were offered snacks and tea. The butchering of the food is right beside the tents and cooked right away. Quite a sight to see actually.
The overall experience wasn't as scary and creepy as I thought it would be, but was not disappointed to learn a bit of the culture of the people living out of the city where traditions still persist.

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