Toraja people

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Toraja
Toraja house.jpg
Toraja traditional house, tongkonan.
Total population
(650,000[1])
Regions with significant populations
West Sulawesi, South Sulawesi
Languages
Toraja-Sa'dan, Kalumpang, Mamasa, Ta'e, Talondo', and Toala'.
Religion
Protestant: 65.15%, Catholic: 16.97%, Islam: 5.99% and Torajan Hindu (Aluk To Dolo): 5.99%.[1]
Related ethnic groups
Bugis, Makassarese.[2]

The Toraja are an ethnic group, indigenous to a part of South Sulawesi, Indonesia. There are about 650,000 of them around the world. 450,000 of these still live in the regency of Tana Toraja ("Land of Toraja").[1] Most of them are Christian. Others of them are Muslim or have local animist beliefs known as aluk ("the way"). The Indonesian government has recognized this animist belief as Aluk To Dolo ("Way of the Ancestors").

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Tana Toraja official website" (in Indonesian). Retrieved 2006-10-04. 
  2. Bugis and Makassere people constitute the coastal region surrounding Toraja. In fact, the term "toraja" was invented by these coastal people to refer the isolated mountainous people.

Further reading[change | change source]

  • Parinding, Samban C. and Achjadi, Judi (1988). Toraja: Indonesia's Mountain Eden. Singapore: Time Edition. ISBN 981-204-016-1. 
  • Douglas W. Hollan and Jane C. Wellenkamp (1996). The Thread of Life: Toraja Reflections on the Life Cycle. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press. ISBN 0-82481-839-3. 

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