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Pasola – Sumba

Pasola – Sumba March 2017 Pasola is a mounted spear-fighting competition from western Sumba. It is played by throwing wooden spears at the opponent while riding a horse, to celebrate the rice planting season. The word Pasola means spear in the local language. According to legend, Pasola originated with a woman from the village of Waiwuang. When her husband – a …

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Nyale – West Sumba

Nyale – Wainyapu, West Sumba March 2017 Nyale are sea worms. Once a year they appear on the shores of West Sumba and play an important role in the traditional animistic Marapu believe of the Sumbanese. Early morning after the first sightings of the worms the villagers collect the Nyale. The abundance of worms forecasts …

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Wainyapu – West Sumba

Wainyapu – West Sumba March 2017 Wainyapu is one of the oldest traditional villages in West Sumba and lies on the island’s southern shore, just across a river estuary to the east of much more famous Ratenggaro, one of the most visited and famous traditional villages in West Sumba. Wainyapu is almost a forgotten place …

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