Want to see yourself a fantastic buffalo that is worth up to 1 billion rupiahs or around 68.000 USD? Come to Ranteallo in Tana Toraja. In Ranteallo, there is a Tana Toraja traditional house complex whose positions face each other.
Ranteallo itself is actually an area located in Tallunglipu District which is a residential area of citizens. Behind people’s houses, there are pig and buffaloes that are specially kept for sale if there are Toraja residents who will hold a traditional ceremony.
Pigs that are kept in Ranteallo have varying weight. There are also pigs that weigh around 200 kilograms and are valued at around Rp. 15 million. Not only pigs, you can also find striped buffalo here.
Striped buffalo is one type of buffalo that is unique and rare. Because the buffalo, also known as the Saleko Tedong Buffalo, is the most expensive type of buffalo in all types of buffalo in Tana Toraja. The price of a striped buffalo can reach up to 1 billion rupiah.
Tedong Saleko buffalo has a white skin base color but mixes with black at some points of the body. This combination of white and black makes this buffalo look striped. In addition of its uniqueness, if the buffalo usually has black or brown eyeballs, it is different from Saleko Tedong Buffalo or striped buffalo. This buffalo has white eyeballs with golden yellow horns.
Bringing out the meaning of buffalo as an animal that is quite important for the Tana Toraja people, buffalo are animals that are a necessity. Many traditional rituals and ceremonies are owned by the Tana Toraja people, almost all need buffaloes as animal offerings. No wonder the price of buffalo in Tana Toraja can soar fantastically by up to 1 billion rupiah or around 68.000 USD.
Especially at the Rambu Solo death ceremony, sacrificed buffaloes number from tens to hundreds. The type of buffalo sacrificed also shows the social status of the people who sacrifice. Tedong buffalo is a famous buffalo which has a fantastic price and is usually chosen by nobles to be sacrificed in the Rambu Solo death ceremony. The higher the social status of a person in Tana Toraja, the higher the number and type of buffalo sacrificed.