Traditional village dwellings, Tana Toraja, Indonesia 19 May 2016
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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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