Welcome to Mamasa Valley
Culturally there are both similarities and differences with neighbouring Toraja country. Torajan-style ceremonies survive in the Mamasa Valley, but these are generally far less ostentatious affairs. Like Torajan traditional houses, Mamasan tongkonan have long extended roof overhangs and their exteriors are carved with animal and human motifs.
Mamasans have embraced Christianity with unfettered enthusiasm: choir groups regularly meet up and down the valley. Sambu weaving is a craft that still thrives: these long strips of heavy woven material are stitched together to make blankets, which provide ideal insulation against the cold mountain nights, and are sold by many villagers.