After your excursions to the traditional villages of Flores, you’ll have a chance to browse through unique historical objects at the Maumere’s Blikon Blewut Museum. It displays various objects of art and daily life. You will get a glimpse of the Florinese cultural history and prehistory.
The Museum is linked to activities of the international order of the Societas Verbi Divini (SVD) in the early 20th century, also named the Divine World Missionaries. It is no wonder that the museum is situated on the campus of Sekolah Tinggi Filsafat Katolik Ledalero, an eminent Roman Catholic institute. Many members of the SVD were experts in history and anthropology and they explored the treasures of Flores cultural past. The objects that were found were stored in Seminary Todabelu in the Ngada district but received little attention. In the 1970’s the objects were moved to Ledalero Seminary in Maumere, thanks to the initiative of Piet Petu, who was a former expedition member from the SVD. In 1983 the Blikon Blewut Musuem gained considerable significance amongst the community.
The name Blikon Blewut is derived from an ancient verse of the Sikkarutal about the creation of the universe. Since many of the objects go back in time, the name fits perfectly. The museum is located approximately 8 kilometres from Maumere and is easily accessible by car, minibus or motorbike and is open from 7am until 1pm.
- Don’t miss the bronze kris. A special dagger found in the Naru area where it was used for traditional ceremonies. The dagger originates from Vietnam and it is a mystery how it made its way to Naru.
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