800 Years In The Making – Kampung Adat Wologai
Another must-visit attraction in Flores is the Kampung Adat Wologai or the Wologai Traditional Village, perfect for those who are fascinated with Flores’s culture and tradition. Located 37 km away from Ende, Wologai is one of the oldest villages in Flores that are still standing today. It is estimated that the houses in the village are about 800 years old – there are 18 Rumah Adat or traditional houses, 5 Rumah Suku or tribal houses and 1 main house also called Rumah Besar.
Rumah Adat is used as homes for the villagers, and Rumah Suku is used to store precious and sacred heirlooms while Rumah Besar is the site for custom rituals and ceremonies. All these houses were designed in the traditional style and built on stilts. Each house is about 7 meters long, 5 meters wide and 4 meters high. The houses here are made of wood and is shaped like a cone with 3-storeys; the higher the floor the narrower the rooms! 16 stones are used as the building base and the roofs are made of organic fibres from the Ijuk tree. These houses face the Tubu Kanga – the village’s central courtyard used for rituals; it is also the site of where a sacred stone is placed. This stone is where offerings for the ancestors are placed. Here is where it gets interesting; the villagers believe that no one outside of the village is allowed to touch this stone less bad luck and natural disasters should befall them! Nevertheless, the village is still an interesting place to visit for a memorable and cultural insight into the lives of the locals in Flores.
If you’re planning your travels to Wologai, in Ende, Flores, do consider visiting during the harvest season where you can witness the Keti Utai ceremony in April or the rice pounding season for the Ta’u Nggua ceremony in September. Remember to bring along a local guide so you can communicate easily and learn more about their age-old beliefs, culture and tradition!
Article Source: travel.tribunnews.com
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