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Tana Toraja – Sulawesi

Tana Toraja is a region protected beyond the lofty mountains and rugged granite cliffs of the central highlands of the Indonesian island of Sulawesi. It is the home of the Toraja people, an ethnic group indigenous to a mountainous region of South Sulawesi. The nobility of Toraja are believed to be descendants of heavenly beings …

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Sisemba – Tana Toraja, Sulawesi

September 2020 Sisemba in Toraja language means kicking each other’s feet and is a foot fighting game. This tradition is held as a feast after the rice harvest and to show gratitude for an abundant harvest.   Sisemba is played by two teams: the villagers who host the harvest feast and the residents of neighboring …

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Wolotopo – Ende, Flores

Wolotopo – Ende, Flores Wolotopo is a traditional village of the Lio tribe and is built into a quite steep hillside along the south coast. The people here still strongly adhere to their adat and keep their traditional ceremonial houses in good shape. Ikat weaving is practiced by almost every household.  

Bena – Ngada, Flores

Bena – Ngada, Flores One of the most interesting cultural places to visit on Flores is Bena, a traditional Ngada village. Time seems to have stood still here, and the way of life is almost unchanged for centuries. Set amidst Flores’ lush jungles and smoking volcanoes, Bena is said to have been founded some 1,000 …

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Belaraghi – Ngada, Flores

Belaraghi – Ngada, Flores Belaraghi is a traditional Ngada village, really off the beaten track, located in the hills just north of the main road from Bajawa to Labuan Bajo. The only way to get there was either hiking, or motorbike. Time seems to have stood still here, and if we would have known this …

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