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Sumba

Sumba

People of Sumba.

Sumba – is an island in the eastern part of the Lesser Sunda Islands (East Nusa Tenggara), located south of Flores and with Sumbawa to the west. Aside from a couple of resorts, tourism infrastructure is very basic and it is not an easy destination for independent travel. If you do make the effort though, you will be rewarded by experiencing a unique culture and some stunning beaches. Christianity is the dominant religion but an estimated 30% of the indigenous population practices the animist Marapu religion, with many customs and rituals. To honour Marapu, the Sumbanese put effigies of the deceased on stone altars where they lay their offerings and sacrifice cattle. Sumba is one of the very few places globally where the Neolithic / Bronze Age practice of burial in megaliths remains intact. Stone megaliths are widespread on the island. This is perhaps the most mysterious and least understood of all Indonesia’s major islands

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Waingapu

Waingapu

Indonesian Woman and Boy Weaving Baskets

Waingapu – is the largest town on the island of Sumba, East Nusa Tenggara and the capital town of the Regency of Sumba Timur. The largest port on the island is located here but Waingapu is far from a modern metropolis. Goats wander along the main road, horses are stabled in front porches, and locals still walk around barefoot, with ikat cloths tied around their heads and waists. Prailu is the most visited of the local ikat-weaving villages. The ikat blankets of east Sumba are decorated with symbolic dragons, animals, and other animist images. The cloth worn by men is called hinggi and is made from two identical panels sewn together into a symmetrical blanket.