Cultural SUMBA

The less known and dry island of Sumba has the richest tribal culture in Nusa Tenggara centered on a religious tradition called marapu. It's one of the poorest bus most fascination islands to visit, with a decidedly off-the-beaten-track landscape and are unique for its thatched clan houses, enormous carved megalith tombs, beautiful hand-spun ikat and bloody sacrificial funerals.

The islands diversity from the volcanic zone in the north, to its countryside with low limestone hills and fields of maize and cassava makes it different from other islands. Sumba?s extensive grasslands make it one of Indonesia's leading horse-breeding islands. Horses are still used as transport in the more rough regions. Horses are a symbol of wealth and status and have traditionally been used as part of the bride-price.

Sumba's traditions remain particularly strong in its wetter, more fertile and more remote western half, which is home to about two-thirds of the island's 540, 000 people. Though most islanders are now officially Protestant, marapu traditions and old conflicts are recalled every year at western Sumba's terrific, often-violent Pasola festivals, which involve ritual battles between teams of mounted horse riders. It still one of the most remarkable festivals in Indonesia.

Few traveler's make it here, but it's a deeply rewarding place and to explore this area is like another adventure. The people of Sumba are a very friendly and smiling and very guest free and proud of their island.

Nick Tours is just opening up for You to explore this 'NEW' area of Indonesia.

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