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Tana Toraja Regency

Tana Toraja Regency (Indonesian for Torajaland or Land of the Toraja, abbreviated Tator) is a regency (kabupaten) of South Sulawesi Province of Indonesia, and home to the Toraja ethnic group. The local government seat is in Makale, while the center of Toraja culture is in Rantepao. But now, Tana Toraja has been divided to two regencies that consist of Tana Toraja with its capital at Makale and North toraja with its capital at Rantepao.

Tana Toraja Regency

Kabupaten Tana Toraja
Official seal of Tana Toraja Regency
ProvinceSouth Sulawesi
 • Total2,054.30 km2 (793.17 sq mi)
 (2010 Census)
 • Total221,795
 • Density110/km2 (280/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+8 (WITA)

The Tana Toraja boundary was determined by the Dutch East Indies government in 1909. In 1926, Tana Toraja was under the administration of Bugis state, Luwu. The regentschap (or regency) status was given on 8 October 1946, the last regency given by the Dutch. Since 1984, Tana Toraja has been named as the second tourist destination after Bali by the Ministry of Tourism, Indonesia. Since then, hundreds of thousands of foreign visitors have visited this regency. In addition, numerous Western anthropologists have come to Tana Toraja to study the indigenous culture and people of Toraja.

Christian mission in Tana Toraja Regency, Netherlands colonial period.
picture credits : Tropenmuseum.


Tana Toraja is centrally placed in the island of Sulawesi, 300 km north of Makassar, the provincial capital of South Sulawesi. It lies between latitude of 2°-3° South and longitude 119°-120° East (center: 3°S 120°E / 3°S 120°E / -3; 120Coordinates: 3°S 120°E / 3°S 120°E / -3; 120). The total area (since the separation of the new regency of North Toraja) is 2,054.30 km², about 4.4% of the total area of South Sulawesi province. The topography of Tana Toraja is mountainous; its minimum elevation is 150 m, while the maximum is 3,083 above the sea level.[1]


Tana Toraja Regency in 2010 comprised nineteen administrative Districts (Kecamatan), tabulated below with their 2010 Census population.[2]

Name Population
Census 2010
Bonggakaradeng 6,668
Simbuang 6,166
Rano 6,042
Mappak 5,509
Mengkendek 27,342
Gandang Batu Silanan 19,238
Sangalla 6,606
Sangalla Selatan
(South Sangalla)
Sangalla Utara
(North Sangalla)
Makale 33,631
Makale Selatan
(South Makale)
Makale Utara
(North Makale)
Saluputti 7,424
Bittuang 14,247
Rembon 18,219
Masanda 6,278
Malimbong Balepe 8,923
Rantetayo 10,737
Kurra 5,149

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Official Tana Toraja website" (in Indonesian). Archived from the original on 2005-11-10.
  2. ^ Biro Pusat Statistik, Jakarta, 2011.

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