I WOULD LIKE TO MAKE THIS POST TWO FOLD.
First to give tribute to Lorne Blair who I had the privilege of meeting in my travels to the Ring of Fire. Second as promised;
“THE ISLAND OF SULAWESI”
I first became intrigued with the archipelagos after reading the exciting books such as the “Malay Archipelago,” by Alfred Russel Wallace also “Ring of Fire,” by Lawrence and Lorne Blair, I had no idea that at the time I decided to visit these wonderful and mysterious
Islands I would have the pleasure of meeting Lorne Blair who unfortunately is no
longer with us, to the adventurous soul in us all his passing was a great
lost. On this trip however I took a diving trip with him in the Bunaken’s
crystal waters where almost every imaginable species of tropical fish and coral
would dazzle the eye of the beholder as it did mine.
(fort) Pandang / Ft. Rotterdam
The entry to Tana Toraja is marked by a gate built in traditional boat-shaped architecture. The road passes through the mountains of Kandora and Gandang on which, according to Toraja mythology, the first ancestors of celestial beings descended from heaven. The majority of the people still follows an ancestral cult called “Aluk Todolo” which governs all traditional ceremonies.
Torajan culture is a complex blend of ancestor worship and
animistic beliefs where rituals for the dead are colorful festivals to pave the
way for the soul’s entry into the hereafter. This unique culture, the scenic
beauty, cool climate and gentle people are the main reason that Toraja is
gaining popularity as a tourist destination. For many visitors, Toraja will
linger in their mind as a land steeped in mystery, magic and ancient traditions.
It is one of the world’s rare cultural treasures.
FINALLY IN MEMORY OF MY FRIEND A VIDEO FROM HIS BROTHER
Dr. LAWRENCE BlAIR.
Well that is all for today but please return tomorrow
for our trip to the Island of Ambon where we will visit the river of