Sulawesi Island is part of the Indonesian archipelago

Sulawesi island called Celebes which is an Indonesian island located in the region between Borneo and the Maluku Islands to the west of the east side. With a total area 174 600 km ², Sulawesi is the 11th largest island in the world. In Indonesia, only the size of the island of Sumatra, Kalimantan, and Papua island alone the wider region of the Sulawesi island, while in terms of population only Java and Sumatra alone is greater than the population of the Sulawesi island.  Estimated Sulawesi name derives from the language in Central Sulawesi is the word which means homeland sula (island) and the word mesi meaning iron (metal), which may refer to the trade practices of production of iron ore mines located around the lake Matano, close Sorowako, East Luwu. While the nation / Portuguese people who come around 14-15 century BC was the first foreign nation that uses the name of Celebes, to refer to the whole Sulawesi island.

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sulawesi island

Sulawesi Island is the fourth largest island in Indonesia after Papua, Kalimantan and Sumatra.

Sulawesi island unique shape resembles a spider roses or a large letter K which stretched from north to south and three peninsula that stretches to the northeast, east and southeast. Sulawesi island bounded by the Makassar Strait in the west and separated from Borneo and the Maluku Islands are separated from the well by the Maluku Sea. Sulawesi Island is bordered by Borneo to the west, the Philippines to the north, south Flores, Timor and Maluku in the southeast to the east.

Government on the island Sulawesi is divided into six provinces in order of creation that is the province of South Sulawesi, North Sulawesi, Central Sulawesi, Southeast Sulawesi, Gorontalo and West Sulawesi. Central Sulawesi is the largest area. Land area approximately 68,033 square kilometers and marine areas approximately 189,480 square kilometers covering the entire eastern part of the peninsula and partially covers the northern part of the peninsula, as well as Togean, which is in the Gulf Tomini and several islands in the Banggai Islands in the Gulf of Tolo. There are 4 peninsula on the island Sulawesi, Indonesia, East Peninsula, South Peninsula, South Peninsula, and the Minahasa peninsula. Areas with the highest altitude of approximately 3,478 m above sea level is the summit of Mount Rantemario. The mountain is located in South Sulawesi.

On the Sulawesi island, the Bugis are the most dominant tribe. Bugis can be found all over the place on the Sulawesi island. The majority of livelihood is Bugis traders. The tribe upholds the self-esteem and dignity of Bugis. Also famous Bugis ship phinisi. ship phinisi an ancestral cultural heritage of the Bugis.
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traditional house bugis

In addition to Bugis, Toraja tribe also there, the natives who inhabited the Sulawesi Island in the south. Toraja tribe has a diversity of beautiful architecture and unique culture. Toraja funeral ceremony is a ritual that is very important in the life of Toraja tribe. Because they believe that a person who dies without a proper funeral, the deceased person’s soul will bring disaster to the relatives he left behind. Islam is the majority religion in Indonesia’s Sulawesi island. Islamic groups that most Sunni Islam Sulawesi. Christianity is the most northern tip of the peninsula in the city of Manado and around Poso in Central Sulawesi. Other religions are still developing the cult.

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the funeral ceremony Toraja tribe

Sulawesi Island is one of the popular destinations in Indonesia. A wide range of tourist attractions such as the Gulf of Kendari, Nambo Beach, Niagara Samparona and so forth. The uniqueness of the Sulawesi island, located on the beautiful coastline, charming mountain regions, traditions and cultural diversity as well as the beauty of the beautiful marine park which is one of the best in the world at Bunaken.

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