The Toraja country is located in the centre of the island of Sulawesi in Indonesia. The Toraja are known to have preserved their traditions and especially their special funeral rites. Funerals are very important events gathering hundreds of people for several days.
The tau - tau are wooden statues placed in front of the tombs to protect, they are with the effigy of the deceased and protect their souls. Formerly very stylized, they are now very similar. In the years 80, many Tau - tau were looted. Found in major museums such as the Musée des Arts first du Quai Branly in Paris.
We met Simon Patu Ma'guling, sculptor of tau - tau installed in the middle of the rice fields under a small shelter. You will see that it works quickly and accurately.