Ma’ Palangngan Pare or Ma’ Pealang in Toraja

Toraja Culture

Ma ‘Palangngan = Raise up / Bring up. Pare = Rice. Alang = rise barn.  Ma’ palangngan Pare or Ma’ Pealang is raising / bringing up the rice to the top compartment to be stored.

Rice that has been harvested from rice fields, dried in direct sunlight for 2 or 3 days. Sometimes dried in the rice field border lands or in house area. After dried, the rice is then transported to the owner home and stored under the rice barn. Once collected in large quantities, the rice is then brought up to the top compartment to be stored.

 

Ma’ palangngan pare usually done by 2 people or more. If pare quantity is a lot, then Ma’palangngan pare need more people, and can up to 4 people. One person is under the barn, one in the front part / Paladan under the stairs up to the barn, one on the platform in front of door and one inside the barn.

Rice is stored in the top compartment of rice barn, and will be taken whenever needed. That is one of the main functions of rice barn. In addition to other functions such as places of deliberation and receiving guests who comes for visit.

The below is video of Ma’palangngan pare by Ne’Gio, Ne ‘Ludi and me. Ne’Gio and Ne ‘Ludi are my family whose also living adjacent to my parents house, in Tongkonan Ponggessa To’kalembang, Lilikira, North Toraja, South Sulawesi, Indonesia.
Mutual help Ma’ palangngan pare between neighbors is a common thing done in Toraja.

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Ma’ Palangngan = Menaikkan. Pare = Padi. Ma’ palanggan Pare adalah menaikkan padi ke atas lumbung untuk disimpan.

Padi yang sudah dipanen dari sawah, dijemur dibawah sinar matahari langsung selama 2 atau 3 hari. Kadang dijemur langsung di pematang sawah.
Setelah kering, padi kemudian diangkut ke rumah pemilik pare dan disimpan dikolong lumbung. Setelah terkumpul dalam jumlah banyak, padi kemudian dinaikkan ke atas lumbung padi untuk disimpan.

Ma’palangngan pare biasanya dilakukan oleh 2 orang atau lebih. Kalau parenya banyak maka ma’palangngan pare bisa sampai 4 orang.
Satu orang berada dibagian kolong lumbung, satu orang di paladan dekat dengan tangga naik ke lumbung, satu orang di atas lumbung di pintu bagian luar dan satu orang dibagian dalam lumbung.

Padi disimpan di dalam lumbung, dan akan diambil pada saat diperlukan.Itulah salah satu fungsi utama bangunan lumbung. Selain fungsi lainnya seperti tempat bermusyawarah dan menerima tamu yang berkunjung.

Video dibawah ini adalah video kegiatan ma’palangngan pare yang dilakukan oleh Ne’Gio dan Ne’ Ludi. Keluarga saya yang kebetulan rumahnya berdekatan dengan rumah orang tua saya, di Tongkonan Ponggessa To’kalembang, Lilikira, Toraja Utara, Sulawesi Selatan, Indonesia.
Saling membantu ma’ palangngan pare antar tetangga adalah hal yang biasa dilakukan di Toraja sebagai bagian dari budaya hidup orang Toraja.

Baca juga philosopy toraja tentang kehidupan di Toraja.

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