The People of Manggarai

The People of Manggarai

Manggarai, located in West Flores, is a region with its own unique culture. The Manggaraian people are known for their longstanding heritage of rituals and ceremonial life.

Divided into three kabupaten (administrative districts), Manggarai is the most populated area in West Flores, which is made up of Manggarai Barat, Manggarai and Manggarai Timur. The language of Manggarai is considered to be ethnolinguistic; however, there are many different dialects and some local variations of cultural elements.

In addition to the rituals and ceremonies, the people of Manggarai also pay a lot of attention to age-old agricultural and architectural practices. Their renowned Caci Dance, Lingko Rice Fields, Drum Houses and the Penti ceremony are just a few highlights that make Manggarai so unique and a once-in-a-lifetime experience to witness.

For the people of Manggarai, the core of their culture is the unity of the village, the house and the fields. These are expressed in their circular shape and their spatial division into segments. The house, for example, is much more than a shelter to its inhabitants; in fact, it is an expression of identity and belonging.

Manggarai is also situated amidst beautiful natural surroundings, something you really don’t want to miss when you visit Flores.

Travel tips:

–       Respect their culture at all times

–       Wear sunblock and plenty of water

–       Bring a camera!


Article Source:


Best of Flores – Flores Plus Magazine

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