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Horses as Sumba Cultural Identity

Horses as Sumba Cultural Identity

Mentioning the word “Sumba”, perhaps would remind us of a horse. Why? Because horse has historical ties with the people of Sumba. Horses have been part of life in the most southern island of Indonesia since the mid of 18th Century, far before the Dutch brought cattles to the island and assigned Sumba as cattle breeding center in 1914. From the various ... Read More »

Puru Kambera : The dream of Waingapu’s people

Puru Kambera : The dream of Waingapu’s people

Sumba is indeed beautiful. Not only the Sumba charming savanna with hordes of cattle in the dry brown grass, its white sandy beaches and crystal clear water make it one of the most sought after destinations for the nature lovers as well as adventure seekers. Puru Kambera is located 26 kilometers, or approximately 45 minutes drive from the city of ... Read More »

Mamuli: Beautiful pieces of Sumba

Mamuli: Beautiful pieces of Sumba

The Mamuli hails from the island of Sumba, and is considered to be the most important of their golden ritual gift items. For the people of Sumba, Mamuli (called Mamoli in Bahasa) is a traditional amulet of Sumba which is believed to be of celestial origin in Sumbanese culture. The people of Sumba believe that silver from the moon and stars ... Read More »

Pendekar Tongkat Emas : A Scene in beautiful Sumba

Pendekar Tongkat Emas : A Scene in beautiful Sumba

Sumba is a magnificent island encased in ancient culture and traditions, surrounded by stunning, undeveloped beaches, crystal clear blue seas and home to vast, wild savannas and sprawling rainforest teeming with wildlife. The beauty of Sumba has inspired a number of national movie directors to make it as their filming locations. Pendekar Tongkat Emas is one of the latest movies filmed ... Read More »

An Intriguing Story of Sumba Life Cycle Rites

An Intriguing Story of Sumba Life Cycle Rites

We know….everyone knows Sumba is known for its quietness, spectacular surfing spots, traditional villages, hand-woven ikat, or its megalithic tombs. Is that all? Nope…Sumba is also very famous for its spears fly war Pasola and even for their ancestral belief Marapu. Would that be enough to name Sumba as culture-rich tourism destination? Some might agree if they never learned a fact that ... Read More »

Bau Nyale : Sea Worms Hunting Festival…between Sumba and Lombok

Bau Nyale : Sea Worms Hunting Festival…between Sumba and Lombok

Basically, Bau Nyale is a very famous catching sea worms tradition in Lombok – West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia, which falls around February each year and celebrated by the Sasak people. Bau in the Lombok language means “to-catch” and Nyale is a type of sea worm that surfaces only around this time of the year. Therefore, Bau Nyale is the festive ceremony ... Read More »

Kamilist.com : Who are We?

Kamilist.com : Who are We?

Car, House, Mobile phone, Computer, Sofa, Jobs, Taxi service, Romance…..have you ever thought that you can find all these good stuff only in one marketplace at once? Kamilist.com is the answer – a brand new classified ads website where you can buy and sell almost everything. We connect buyers and sellers locally in Bali, Sumba, Lombok, Flores….and across Indonesia. No matter ... Read More »

The Mysterious Megaliths of Sumba

The Mysterious Megaliths of Sumba

Exploring Sumba is like reading a novel since the island has so many old stories and traditions. Most of them still remain and are still preserved until today. We can see the most well-known traditions of Sumba; Marapu – worship tradition, Pasola – the ancient war ritual, and Wulla Poddu – the bitter month ritual. But wait…there is another nickname for Sumba ... Read More »

Wulla Poddu : Experiencing bitter months in Sumba

Wulla Poddu : Experiencing bitter months in Sumba

Wulla Poddu derived from the word Wulla meaning moon and Poddu which means bitter. Why is it called bitter? Because during this month, there are certain prohibitions or taboos for the Sumbanese tribes who celebrate the Wulla Poddu ceremony. No funerals, no weddings, no parties, no topping-out ceremonies and no eating dogs (yes…this is familiar to Sumbanese people) allowed. Wulla ... Read More »

Exquisite Sumbanese Traditional Dances

Exquisite Sumbanese Traditional Dances

As found in many other cultures, traditional music and dance of Sumba was originally a part of worship. Nowadays as the time goes by, the dances also staged at government events, cultural performances even for tourist atrraction. Almost all districts of Sumba has its own kind of dance. There is a special dance that is danced by women, men, or ... Read More »