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Sulawesi

Christian church in Manado

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Manado is the second largest city in Sulawesi.

The Dutch missionaries under wings of powerful Oost Indische Compagnie VOC began to build their sacred temples in Manado in 17th century. The Dutch legacy has survived to this day.

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The world around Bolilanga Island – Togian Islands

The Bolilanga Island – I would to recommend this island off the coast of Central Sulawesi for a vacation without hesitation.  However if you prefer to be in touch with somebody in the outside world – take with you a satellite phone.

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Tau Tau effigies in Sulawesi

Toraja tau tau

Toraja tau tau

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The spirits of  dead Toraja nobles charmed in wooden statues guarding their graves hewn in a rock wall.


In shadow of Toraja granary. Sulawesi Island

Toraja granary

Toraja granary

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We come to a Toraja village situated on top of a hill. We take a rest in shadow of barn waiting for a meal.


Holidays on Togian Islands

A Togian Island

A Togian Island

I had had to give up red wine on the archipelago but survived.


Latticed butterflyfish at Bunaken Island reef.

The reef around Bunaken Island in Northern Sulawesi has a lot colorful dwellers. Yellow butterflyfishes ( Chaetodon rafflesii ) grow to 15 cm long.

Latticed butterflyfish

Latticed butterflyfish

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Underwater gardens around Bunaken Island.


Lingam menhirs in burial site Bori Parinding in Tana Toraja

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North of Rantepao – Bori Megalith Site contains more than one hundred stone lingam shape menhirs.

 


Waiting for a buffalo sacrifice ceremony. Sulawesi Island

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A Toraja village located south of Rantepao.

An early March afternoon. The culmination of  funeral ceremony comes in a few minutes.  All guests gathered around a village’s  square wait for appearance of  first buffalo.