The Lingko Rice Fields of Manggarai
One of the more popular attractions in Manggarai, in Cara Village is the Lingko Rice Fields, also called Cancar Spider Rice Fields. These are no regular rice fields, which are usually terraced or spread out in rectangles. The Lingko Rice Fields are uniquely cultivated so that it appears round like a spider-web structure.
This unique shape has everything to do with the Manggaraian people’s culture and tradition. In the past, they were used to grow dry rice, corn and tubers. Rituals are actually held in the centre of each Lingko during planting and harvesting seasons. Each time a new Lingko is opened, a water buffalo will be sacrificed and a ceremony will be held. Different parts of the fields will then be distributed to different families within the community.
Today, the Lingko Rice Fields are used for wet rice cultivation. With this, rituals and ceremonies based on the ancient agricultural calendar used for growing dry rice have also faded. However, the Lingko Rice Fields still remains one of the must-see places to visit while you’re in Manggarai.
– There are no facilities in the village, the nearest town is 16km away in Ruteng
– Leave a small donation when arriving at Cara Village
– Bring plenty of water and wear good walking shoes
Article Source: http://florestourism.com/districts/cancar-spider-rice-fields/
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