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Traditional village dwellings, Tana Toraja, Indonesia 19 May 2016

Posted on 19 May 2016
Traditional village dwellings, Tana Toraja, Indonesia
Traditional village dwellings, Tana Toraja, Indonesia
Traditional village dwellings, Tana Toraja, Indonesia

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The Torajan people, largely based in Tana Toraja, are tribes of Indonesia who maintain their traditions today, including animistic customs, social structures and distinctive architecture. Their trademark boat-shaped houses are arranged in a circle around an open field, with the roof representing the heavens and the house the universe; the structures are always oriented northeast to southwest, the directions of the two ancestral realms according to Torajan cosmology.


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