Getting to know the historical site in the National Park Lore Lindu

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Various megalithic relics lay throughout the Tadulako site surrounded by hills. (photo: IO/Prive. Doc)

IO, Jakarta – The Tadulako site, located in the village of Doda, Cen­tral Lore district, Poso Regency, is a megalith heritage site located in the Besoa valley, Central Su­lawesi. In Central Sulawesi there are three valleys that are inherited from megaliths, namely Besoa Val­ley, Napu Valley and Bada Valley. Megaliths in the Besoa Valley were first discovered in 1908. The jour­ney to the Besoa valley in Central Lore is 157 kilometers from the city of Palu. You can rent a vehicle for Rp. 350,000 per day. Lore Lindu Na­tional Park Forest is also home to hornbill habitat birds. Access roads are quite steep, uphill and winding. When I was there, I also had time to see a foreign tourist who was about to enter the forest of Lore Lindu National Park. The German tour­ist named Manfred. He was happy with the condition of the forest in Sulawesi, but he regretted the exis­tence of deforestation.

“Yes, forests in Indonesia are good and natural, but unfortu­nately there is still deforestation that occurs without thinking about existing ecosystems,” he said.

Although the discovery has been going on for more than 100 years, only a few things are known about the object, one of them is when the stone statue was made. Some speculate that the stones were carved around 5,000 years ago, while others suspect the megalith was made about 1,000 years ago. Meanwhile, some others suspect that the stone is still associated with megalithic culture in Laos, Cambodia, and several regions in Indonesia 2,000 years ago. This raises suspicions that the relics were made by different cultures. But until now no one knows which culture made it.

The name Tadulako is inter­preted as a warlord, Arca Tadulako has a height of about 2.20 meters, shaped somewhat oval, with slightly sloping face and eyes. Due to its un­known origin, local residents creat­ed several legends about this statue. That said, this statue is a warlord, because of a mistake he was cursed to stone.

Other versions are: The word “Tadulako” comes from two words “Tadu” or “Padu” means “Heel” and “Lako” or “Dako” which means source or origin. So, the meaning of Tadulako means “Footstool or originating in the heel”. Then this understanding metamorphosizes and raises a more familiar meaning “Leader”.

The Tadulako site is located in the hills and has a fairly wide dis­tribution of megalithic remains with diverse remains such as, Kalamba as many as 11 pieces, close kalam­ba totaling 2 pieces, stone statues 2 pieces, stone dakon 9 pieces, al­tar tables 4 pieces, stone scratched 3 pieces, and 1 altar buffer. All of these megalithic remains are con­centrated almost evenly on the Tad­ulako site.

The stone statues are found on this site, two in an upright position and one in a lying position. One statue is depicted in the form of a human half body without legs, with a direction towards the north, the first statue has a height, 207 cm, body width 75 cm, human face de­picted in a round shape, eyes bulg­ing, eyebrows and nose together, two ears shaped round, protruding breasts, hands folded in front of the stomach. This statue stands in the middle of the field, the community around giving the name of this stat­ue as the statue of Tadulako. While the statue in two is in a sleeping po­sition, this statue is called the stat­ue of two faces because it has two faces, it has only a nose and eyes with a size of 235 x 125. The width of Kalamba contained in this site is neatly arranged, and one of them has a cover.

The boundaries of the Tadula­ko Site are, in the North bordering rivers and plantations, to the south bordering the rice fields, to the east bordering the rice fields, and to the west bordering the rice fields.

As a historic tourist attraction that is very charming, it is appro­priate for you to go on a vacation to this place. In addition to the beauti­ful scenery this place also presents prehistoric times that you can dis­cover.  (Aldo)