Mamasa is a city and regency in West Sulawesi, the capital is having the same name and it can be reach about 252 KM from Makassar city or 6 hours drive from Pare-pare. Mamasa have bordered with Mamuju in North, Polewali Mandar in South, Mamuju in West, in East there is Tana Toraja regency, South Sulawesi and Pinrang regency, South Sulawesi.
Mamasa District formerly consist of 4 sub districts; Mamasa, Mambi, Sumarorong and Pana, then developed into 10 Districts and 123 Kelurahan or Village.
Mamasa’s farm products are commonly coffee and cacao, which is traditionally managed by the farmers. While the crops are include, rice, maize, cassava, sweet potatoes, peanuts, green beans, soy beans, vegetables and fruits. Among the growing livestock population in Mamasa are cattle, buffalo, horses, goats, and pigs. As for the type of poultry is local chicken, and local ducks.
Mamasa’s culture has similarity with Tana Toraja, one of which is the traditional house. Mamasa traditional house has heavy wooden roof with a less curved shape while Toraja traditional house has a wooden roof with a shape like the letter ‘U’. Moreover, Mamasa people do not have too much traditional ceremonies as in Toraja.
Mamasa is the largest village in the Mamasa valley, and it has clean and cool air with friendly people. The activity of this village only happens in market day, when the people who live on mountain slopes in this valley came to the village of Mamasa to sell their goods. The area around the village of Mamasa have magnificent sceneries. There are motor vehicles (motorcycle taxi) or public transportations which can be rented in the village of Mamasa to be used to get around to the village.
Among other districts in West Sulawesi, Mamasa is the most favored area in terms of potential tourism objects because it has mountains and cultural nature sites. Mamasa is famous for its unique culture, including architecture, dance, languages, and funeral procedures. Mamasa often referred to the culture of West Toraja because their culture is similar. Mamasa cultures are significantly different with coastal people like Mamuju, Majene or Polewali. Between Mamasa and Tana Toraja have something in common regarding the indigenous death party, both of those cultures are similar but not identical.
Mamasa have some potential destination like Tedong-tedong minanga graveyard, Sarambu waterfall, Liawang waterfall, Passion fruit agrotourism, Ballapeu traditional village, Mabeba’ and Mangngaro culture and many more.
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