Alang – The Granary

 

Opposite each Tongkonan house is the family rice barn called “Alang”. An Alang is built on six (or eight) large wooden piles from Banga tree. The top part of an Alang is used to store rice, whereas the bottom part is an open area (no walls) where the Torajan used to receive their guests and have dinner with them. Usually there is one Alang dedicated for the tribe leader, and the other Alangs belong to the Tongkonan owners and the people in the area. The tribe leader Alang is easily distinguished as it decorated with small bamboo chains tied onto the Alang.

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