People & Culture

The people of Flores represents its stunning cultural diversity; with a population of 1,831,000 (2010), the population, as is the island, is split into eight regencies from west to east, each with its own unique language, dialects and capital cities. Manggarai, Ngada, Ende, Sikka and Flores Timur as well as their capitals Ruteng, Bajawa, Ende, Maumere, Larantuka and Lewoleba, recognizes Bahasa Indonesia as the official language, however everyday conversations in Flores are still carried out in local languages and dialects.

Catholics make up a small minority in Indonesia, the world’s largest Muslim country by population; however Flores is the home of Indonesia’s largest Catholic community since the arrivals of missionaries in the 16th century. The Catholic mission established a vital part of the island’s educationand healthcare system. Until today, many hospitals are still managed by orders of the Catholic Church. The missionaries also pioneered road construction.

Even though Christianity has taken over the island, many elements of the belief systems that existed long before the arrival of the Catholic missionaries are still persistent, which are based upon the concept of complementary opposites like e.g. man/woman, inside/outside, sky/earth, mountain/sea, old/young. These opposites are conceived to be interacting pairs of a circle of life.

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Flores Plus Magazine provides interesting, unique and useful information on everything Flores related for the benefit of our readers. The magazine covers a wide range of topics including an overview on the people of Flores, culture in Flores, tourists’ attractions in Flores, Flores geography, weather in Flores, history of Flores, and cultural highlights in Flores Island. Flores Plus is part of the PT. Trijaya Dewata family, a premier publishing and media brand in Bali and across Indonesia. Established in 1996, it has decades of experience with multiple titles in three languages published over the years. With the launch of Flores Plus, the company now will lead the way as one of the pioneers of tourist media in Flores, Komodo and the Komodo National Park. Available now in English and soon in Japanese, Flores Plus Magazine has a strong online presence and engagement via its website, daily e-newsletters and social media platforms which are updated daily.

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