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Last time we have almost reached the main city of West Sumba – Waikabubak. So we shall visit it today and then return to WAINGAPU... 

(The INDEX of Sumba series)

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JktMike: This blog is getting even more alive today thanks to the continued kind assistance of Maria Myutel*, who is now translating the original Russian into English, and of Joel Palmer** of the BOSF, who's doing the style editing…

I started this topic around three years ago – see Blog in Russian HERE and HERE, but then I had to stop posting (but kept collecting material) for some time. I didn’t want to use the material that I got only in the zoo and kept looking for a chance to meet orangutans in their natural habitat:
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And this year I got this chance in Central Kalimantan, 30 km away from Palangkaraya, the capital of this Indonesian province on the island of Borneo (MAP), with the kind help from the of world largest project for primate rehabilitation – the Central Kalimantan Orangutan Reintroduction Program at Nyaru Menteng run by the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation (BOSF).  
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Great apes (anthropoid apes) have no tails. The size of their brain and bodies is relatively big and their life span is also quite long (with a proportionally long period of maturity). Three other species belonging to the same family are Gorillas (Gorilla gorilla), Chimpanzees and human beings.

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To be continued

2. The Most Arboreal of Apes
3. Almost Human-1: It's Written on Their Faces...
4. Almost Human-2: In Pursuit of Solitude...
5. Almost Human-1: Analysis
6. The Most Mysterious of Apes)
7. Almost Human - or Just Human?
8. The Most Intelligent of Apes
9. Planet of Apes
10. The Most Endangered of Apes
11. That Difficult Rehabilitation
12. Where to See - While You Still Might

Nyaru-Menteng-1: Runaway
Nyaru-Menteng-2: Nursery
Nyaru-Menteng-3: Kindergarten
Nyaru-Menteng-4: School
Nyaru-Menteng-5: Midway
Nyaru-Menteng-6: Living on an Island
Nyaru-Menteng-7: Forests for the Forest People
Nyaru-Menteng-8: What Pak Anton Has Said

Now let’s cross this island (INDEX) from East to West (and then back) starting from this splendid horserider, who wishes good luck to all……

…taking this new and excellent highway that connects Waingapu (see HERE) with Waikabubak - the capital of West Sumba
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"Officials estimate that half the Sumbanese are practicing animists, but such classifications are impossible to make. Where do you put the people who are registered Christians, yet still follow most of the traditional practices?" EAST of BALI: From Lombok to Timor, PERIPLUS, 1997
In Waingapu (SEE) one may easily see that Christianity is dominant in the 'big cities' (this one has a population of almost 25,000 people - and that's BIG! Sumba style…)
This kind of Christianity:
Католический собор в Ваингапу (о.Сумба)

However, here Christ is usually depicted this way:

Католический собор в Ваингапу (о.Сумба) 

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Believe it's only logical when after resurrecting this English version of my blog I would post here the best story I have written in 2010 for this ASIA'S PREMIER RUSSIAN-ENGLISH MAGAZINE.
The Russian version of the story and the remaining photos you may see HERE (as this magazine is bilingual):
Раффлз (англ.) - 103 меридиан 

Published upon permission from 103rd MERIDIAN EAST
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MikeJkt: This blog is ressurected today thanks to kind assistance from Maria Myutel*, who is now translating it's Russian original:
Sumba island (MAP) impressed us the moment we arrived at its airport. Also since that visit our symbol of the island is this “Ambar” (barn) (by the way, the Russian version of this Sanskrit word is also "ambar" and even the English "barn" definitely has a Sanskrit ring to it):

This is the how local people store their crop: due to this island's very, very dry climate they may be absolutely sure that there will be no rain in coming months:


PICS & STORY are HERECollapse ) Sumba INDEX:
WAINGAPU – Airport, Seaport, Hotel 
WAINGAPU – Chrisitanity and Animism. Slavery and Ikat 
GOING WEST! 3H: Highway, Houses, Horses. And Climate 
HEADING EAST! Travelling by Car and Crystal Waters
The Biggest Megalith

Classification of Wheels & More
Another Megalith & Taking Precautions


Two articles from Asia's Premier Russian-English Magazine - Vol.7
Reproduced upon permission

Article 1: PAST
103rd Meridian: Farquhar 
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"In the early 1980s, Ile Mandiri sent down a flood of mud and boulders, killing more than 200 people and destroying much of Larantuka. Miraculously, however, the Chapel of the Virgin Mary, to whom the town is dedicated, and the Chapel of Christ, where the Christ coffin is stored were both spared.
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The ravaging flow bypassed the Chapel of the Virgin, then bore down straight down on the Chapel of Christ - only to divide itself at the last fraction of a second, a meter from the wall, and crash into the sea". East of Bali, PERIPLUS
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The story on the Deepavali celebration at the Indonesian island of Batam by the Tamil community in Singapore I have begun HERE-VIDEO & HERE-Photo Part 1.
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So it would be logical to continue with DANDHYA (a pair of sticks) - a North Indian Dance that is performed during deepavali celebration or any other happy occasion to express joy.
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Mrs Jeyanthi Balasubramaniam: "Dance is our passion".
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"We like dance which involves our mind, soul, and body movement which connects us to the divine energy. It is like yoga to us".

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To be continued