Sulawesi is the name of the island in Indonesia that lies between the Maluku Islands and the island of Borneo. Sulawesi is the 11th largest archipelago in the world, with an area of about 174,600 sq km. In Indonesia, the area of Sulawesi Island is ranked 4th after Papua, Kalimantan and Sumatra. In English, the old name for Sulawesi is Celebes. The name Celebes for the name of Sulawesi first used was the Portuguese.
Estimated, the name of Sulawesi itself comes from the sula and iron. Sula means island and wesi or iron which can refer to iron ore trade which is a result of mine located in Matano Lake area.
It is adjacent to Kalimantan Island separated by Makassar Strait, and bordered by Maluku Islands separated by the Maluku Sea, in the north by the Philippines, in the south by Flores and in the east by Timor Leste.
Bugis tribe is the most dominant tribe. Bugis tribe can be found all over the place on the island of Sulawesi. The majority of the livelihoods of the Bugis are traders. This tribe greatly upholds the dignity and dignity of the Bugis tribe. The Bugis tribe is also famous for the Pinisi Ship. Pinisi is the cultural heritage of the Bugis tribe.
In addition to the Bugis tribe, there is also Toraja tribe, a native of Sulawesi island who inhabit in the south. Toraja tribe has a beautiful architecture diversity as well as its unique culture. Toraja tribal funeral tradition. It is a very important ritual in the life of Toraja tribe, because they believe that someone who died without proper funeral ceremony, the soul of a deceased person will bring disaster to the relatives of the family he left behind.
Sulawesi generally embraces the majority of Islam. The most Christian religions are at the tip of the northern peninsula in Manado City and around Poso in Central Sulawesi.
Sulawesi is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Indonesia. The uniqueness of the island of Sulawesi is on the beautiful coastline, charming mountain areas, the diversity of traditions and culture and the beauty of its beautiful marine park which is one of the best in the world namely Bunaken.