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Waruga park megalithic tombs sites containing stone coffins to bury the Minahasa in North Sulawesi

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Tinuku Travel ~ Waruga park is the site of ancestral graves or tombs Minahasans contain the stone coffins in the village of Rap-Rap, Airmadidi and Sawangan, North Minahasa regency, North Sulawesi. Waruga consists of triangular top like rooftops and the bottom of the box-shaped and has hole in middle to put the corpse.

Waruga Minahasa is a cultural tradition to bury the dead. Previous corpse wrapped in coconut leaves or similar woka. Gradually, there is a change and replace with wood tree cavities or Nibung. At around the 9th century Minahasans start using waruga to match the corpse.

Tinuku Travel Waruga park megalithic tombs sites containing stone coffins to bury the Minahasa in North Sulawesi

Tinuku.com Travel Waruga park megalithic tombs sites containing stone coffins to bury the Minahasa in North Sulawesi

Travel.Tinuku.com Waruga park megalithic tombs sites containing stone coffins to bury the Minahasa in North Sulawesi

The dead are seated with heel stick on the buttocks, kissing head on knee and to the north. Interest faced to North that the Minahasa ancestors came from northern parts of the world. Waruga small size has height of 0-100 cm, waruga medium height 101-150 cm and the big height 151-250 cm.

Waruga had carvings and reliefs in Tonsea. Carvings and reliefs depict the number of bodies that are stored in waruga and describe livelihood or employment of persons deceased during life. On the Airmadidi Bawah site has 211 warugas, on the Sawangan site has 144 warugas and Rap-Rap has 15 warugas.

Airmadidi Bawah site in Airmadidi District is a complex covering an area of 7676 square meters. Waruga on this site have shapes and beautiful decoration. The archaeologists found the village in the past is a prosperous and supported by natural lush, cool air and high rainfall.

Carving childless women indicate who is buried shaman, animal shows people who were buried are hunters, some human figures indicate that buried a family. While waruga without carving is old waruga that do not yet have the habit to carve or sculpt cover.

Total waruga in Minahasa only about 2000 pieces because only people who have high social class were buried in waruga. Around 1860 the Dutch government banned the burial in waruga. Then in 1870, Minahasa started making wooden coffins simultaneously Christianity requires that the bodies buried in ground.

Tinuku Travel Waruga park megalithic tombs sites containing stone coffins to bury the Minahasa in North Sulawesi

Tinuku.com Travel Waruga park megalithic tombs sites containing stone coffins to bury the Minahasa in North Sulawesi

Travel.Tinuku.com Waruga park megalithic tombs sites containing stone coffins to bury the Minahasa in North Sulawesi

Location: Airmadidi, North Minahasa Regency, North Sulawesi.

Activity: Explore ethnography, archeology, architecture, culture and culinary. Seeing sunset and sunrise, hunting photography and videography, and others.

Complementary facilities: Car parking, restrooms, restaurants, hotels and resorts.

Reach access: 25 km from Manado city.

Routes and public transport: All flights to Manado city. Then use a car to the site.

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