Wealthy village with a spectacular rock face, full of carved out mausoleums
Lokomata’s claim to fame is its huge rock face just before the village, in which over sixty mausoleums have been carved. An impressive sight, especially realizing that the higher chambers can only be reached on flimsy bamboo structures that have been placed against the rock. Many of the graves have been elaborately decorated, and contain photos of the deceased, as well as (plastic) flowers, bottles and lots of other things – the Toraja believe that goods can be taken to the afterworld, and the more are being offered, the easier the passage will be. Other graves seem to have been abandoned long ago. Tau tau – effigies of the dead – accompany some of the graves.
In front of the rock, further wooden tombs have been erected, and a little to the side is the largest tomb of all, in between the bamboo groves.
The village itself is one of the neatest I have seen, well maintained houses and rice barns, flowers, no signs of rubbish. Funny enough, the tongkonans are also packed with buffalo horns, on the front pole and along the side of the house, indicating a very wealthy family.