Hanging Graves

Hanging Graves | Tana Toraja | Indonesia

Torajan houses are commonly referred to as "boat houses". This nomer of course references the obvious shape of the roof. Now commonly constructed out of wood, original Torajan homes actually incorporated dismantled vessels into their designs. As mentioned in my previous post, water buffalo are an important component of life in Toraja, and as such, the pinnacle of the roof is also recognized as symbolizing the horns of the animal.

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