Shopping at a Toraja Market,
Tana Toraja, South Sulawesi
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Toraja local market is filled with herbs, spices, local produce and all kinds of people and is well worth a visit. Though traditional money is accepted in Toraja, you will soon find out that the local 'currency' in Toraja is cattle! So for a unique insight into how this community functions head down to the local cattle market- if you’re lucky you may even spot the exclusive and expensive 'Mercedes' cow! Life for the Toraja revolves around death, and the local people spend their days earning the money to send away their dead properly. These animals play a crucial, though gruesome, part in the funeral rites of Toraja, hence are exceptionally prized possession.
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Six great and amazingly different hotels - we would happily recommend any of them. We had three excellent guides as well. And we lost track of the number of "Wow" moments. In addition to the obvious, including Paramban, Borobodur and Bromo, we would add our tour of the markets + rickshaw ride in Malang, and having coffee with Mr Rai at the Agung Rai Gallery in Bali. Our guide in Bali, Otok (?) was excellent at explaining local culture, and we left an offering at his family shrine.