Where The Lionese People Live
Wolotopo is a larger village which is inhabited by the local Lionese people. In this lively village, their strong culture can still be found.
Locals of Wolotopo keep their houses in a very good shape. The reason behind this is that they are not only a relic of history but are also still inhabited by families. When you walk through the village you will see them conducting daily activities and see how the locals live. The women are busy with Ikat weaving, while children play. Their traditional adat and Christian beliefs are found in the mix of traditional and Catholic graves.
In Wolotopo, the houses are a big part of their culture. Keda Kanga is a small wooden building that used to store ancestral bones. This house is situated in an elevated position at the top of the village. In this house, you’ll see typical Lionese symbols. For example; carved on its central pillar you can see a horse, a boat and fruits what symbolizes abundance and satisfaction. When you look inside this house you will see the “bhaku”; a carved wooden box containing ancestral remains.
The main house, saoria, is the house of the riabewa, the village’s decision maker and legal authority. The saoata is a reflection of the female body and next to the house is the place for ceremonies and rituals. Inside the house is a place where an elephant tusk is surrounded by round rocks. The locals believe that if they pray here after getting a bad dream that it will just remain a dream.
– Best way to get here is with private transport, motorbike or car
– There are no facilities in this village, so make sure you are prepared
– If you visit Wolotopo, don’t forget to register in the guestbook at the local office and leave a small donation
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