Bori

Graves at Bori

The site of Bori is a combination of ceremonial grounds, burial site -stone graves in huge stone boulders- and tongkonan, spread around the area. The central attraction is the field of menhirs (simbuang), with more than a hundred stones, some several hundred years old, being planted on the ceremonial ground, each one in honour of a noble person buried in the rocks nearby.

The tallest stone in Bori is 7 meters high, others are only small, but regardless of the size, 24 buffaloes have to be sacrificed for each of them.

Ceremonies accompany each step in the process of erecting a menhir, and in fact, when finally erected, the stone itself functions as a symbol that a ceremony has been performed for the deceased. First, a suitable rock high up in the mountains has to be chosen, then the menhir carved out of it. Its transportation down to its destination involves hundreds of people pulling it through the forests. Last, the stone is planted deep into the earth.

Menhirs

Accessibility

Apart from five steps to get onto the compound, it is easy to explore the ceremonial field on smooth albeit sloping paths. For detailed information with photos about accessibility at Bori contact us.