Sometimes some places at Sumba (INDEX) may turn out to be dangerous: "Feuds between villages, … is not uncommon in Sumba, an island where feudal traditions are cherished and many residents still walk around carrying a machete. In March, police arrested 55 villagers from Ede in Southwest Sumba after they attacked the neighboring village of Waetana in West Sumba. One Waetana villager was killed, and after the attack it turned out that the victim’s head, hands and some of his organs were missing". JG 23.9.10
And this is the LINK to a book telling about the war which broke in 1998 between of Loli and Wewewa tribes where thousands of tribesmen fought against each other.
That is why I’m asking you to treat warnings of LP like "Kodi is a region with a reputation for lawlessness and Sumbanese from other districys of the island are wary of Kodi people" seriously…
Still, in this posting I would like to tell you a bit who stays where in Sumba, but first will show you one nice megalith erected in 1926 in Pasunga village (near Anakalang - MAP).
Here it is from a distance:
And here is a village itself…
And here are some details on Sumba population.
The island may be basically divided into two parts – completely dry Eastern part and rather rainy and thus more fertile West Sumba, home of two thirds of island population (we are speaking more about culture and history as administrative division is different).
With population of less than half a million Sumba people speak at least eight languages (not dialects but languages!) Kambera in the East and seven more in the west including Anakalang, Weyewa, Mamboru, Wanukaka and Lamboya). So it’s not that difficult to conclude that the West is much more interesting – but as I told you already – more dangerous… and the best ikats (I’ll tell you about them later but you can take a look on them HERE) are made in the East…
It is also interesting that ceremonies and traditions of Sumbanese resemble those of Toraja people and traditional areas of Sumba are also called tanah which means land. I would say that there is also some similarity with Batak, Minangkabau and Mangarai peoples.
Tanah are divided into exogamous patrimonial clans called “kabitsu”. Each of them has the main patrimonial village (I’ll show you one of them soon).
And here are the same “safes” (that I have first shown you HERE) again:
P.S. And, of course, more and more megaliths around:
And as everywhere in Indonesia nearby churches bother no one …
Translated by Maria Myutel
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