Tana Toraja Regency

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Tana Toraja Regency

Kabupaten Tana Toraja
Official seal of Tana Toraja Regency
Seal
CountryIndonesia
ProvinceSouth Sulawesi
CapitalMakale
Area
 • Total1,990.22 km2 (768.43 sq mi)
Population
 (2017)[1]
 • Total231,519
 • Density120/km2 (300/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+8 (WITA)

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. It covers an area of 1,990.22 km2 and had a population of 221,081 at the 2010 Census and 228,778 at the 2015 Census; the latest official estimate (as at mid 2017) is 231,519.[2] 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 Toraja Utara (North Toraja) with its capital at Rantepao.

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.

Geography[edit]

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 1,990.22 km², about 4.26% 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.[3]

Administration[edit]

Tana Toraja Regency in 2010 comprised nineteen administrative Districts (Kecamatan), tabulated below with their areas their 2010 Census population,[4] and the official estimates for 2017.[5] The table also includes the administrative centre of the district, the numbers of administrative villages (kelurahan and desa) within that district, and its post code.

Name Area
in km2
Population
Census
2010
Population
estimate
mid 2017
Administrative
centre
Number
of
villages
Post
code
Bonggakaradeng 206.76 6,668 7,268 Butturatte 6 91872
Simbuang 194.82 6,166 6,427 Simbuang 6 91874
Rano 89.43 6,042 6,298 Rumandan 5 91875
Mappak 166.02 5,509 5,902 Kondo Dewata 6 91873
Mengkendek 196.74 27,342 27,963 Getengan 17 91870
Gandang Batu Silanan 108.63 19,238 19,961 Benteng Ambeso 12 91871
Sangalla 36.24 6,606 6,904 Bulian Massabu 5 91881
Sangalla Selatan
(South Sangalla)
47.80 7,361 7,659 Rante Alang 5 91882
Sangalla Utara
(North Sangalla)
27.96 7,327 7,630 Tombang 6 91883
Makale 39.75 33,631 35,442 Bombangan 15 91811
-91817
Makale Selatan
(South Makale)
61.70 12,415 13,056 Tiromanda 8 91815
Makale Utara
(North Makale)
26.08 11,799 12,209 Lion Tondok Iring 5 91812
-91817
Saluputti 87.54 7,424 7,723 Pattan Ulu Salu 9 91864
Bittuang 163.27 14,247 15,105 Bittuang 15 91896
Rembon 134.47 18,219 18,922 Talion 13 91860
Masanda 134.77 6,278 6,723 Pondingao 8 91894
Malimbong Balepe 211.47 8,923 9,706 Malimbong 6 91861
Rantetayo 60.35 10,737 11,201 Padang Iring 6 91863
Kurra 60.50 5,149 5,420 Ratte Kurra 6 91862

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Badan Pusat Statistik, Jakarta, 2019.
  2. ^ Badan Pusat Statistik, Jakarta, 2019.
  3. ^ "Official Tana Toraja website" (in Indonesian). Archived from the original on 2005-11-10.
  4. ^ Biro Pusat Statistik, Jakarta, 2011.
  5. ^ Badan Pusat Statistik, Jakarta, 2019.

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