The small street up the slopes of Mount Sesean leads to a panorama that gets more spectacular after every curve. Terraced rice fields display varying colours depending on the time of the year, from silvery water at planting, to lush green and eventually bright yellow at harvest.
In the early morning, or during the day if the weather changes, mists gathers between the lower slopes and provides the viewer the impression of standing in a land over the clouds.
The area of Batutumonga, ‘Many Stones’, on the slopes of Mount Sesean has its name from the numerous rocks scattered around in the rice fields and bamboo forests.
Many of these rocks contain grave chambers. Coffins in form of miniature Toraja houses, abandoned after the body was laid to rest into its stone grave, lay scattered around.
At the end of the road we arrive at the burial site of Lokomata with 20-30 chambers cut out of one giant rock. Although it’s not really common at Lokomata, there are also a couple of Tau Tau, lined up on a small balcony, and a big buffalo head cut out of the rock.
It is an empty and silent place between high bamboo forests and steep mountain cliffs, the occasional old grandmother walking pass the great rock, and sometimes in the distance the sound of a new grave hammered out of a rock can be heard.
And if by coincidence a tourist bus arrives just at the same time, just wait for 15 minutes until they have left and everything is as quiet as it was before.
Nowadays, the road along Batutumonga up to Lokomata is relatively good, a car or minibus can go all the way up. There are a number of spots to stop and admire the scenery. There is no need to walk or climb anywhere.
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