Article published by : Elsie on Wednesday, January 18, 2012 - Viewed 983 times


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Exploring Indonesia With Sumba

Backpacking around Indonesia for very little money used to be something of a rite of passage for many young adults. In the Eastern Indonesia especially, though, those days are largely over. Indonesia is one of the most Cheapest Countries in the world to explore, particularly for those who do not put in the research to find great deals. Still, there are a handful of countries in Asia that continue to present phenomenal deals. Whether you want to explore breathtaking mountains, exotic traditional houses, unique culture, and white sand beach or take in topnotch cultural attractions, the following Indonesia Island will let you do so in a very affordable way.

Sumba is an island in eastern Indonesia, is one of the Lesser Sunda Islands, and is in the province of East Nusa Tenggara. Spectacular rituals, huge megalithic graves, unusual peaked houses, & beautiful ikats distinguish the cultural life of Sumba.

Traditional Sumba houses: Sumba Island with its megalithic stone tombs, its traditional high roofed houses, and its outstanding Ikats weavings is one of the most culturally interesting regions of East Nusa Tenggara. Here village life, complete with time enduring burial rituals, strict social structures and their unique architectural style has survived through the ages. If you want to see traditional culture which has been unaffected by western influences then a trip to Sumba is a must.

Pasola Sumba: Probably the most well known cultural event in Indonesia, the Pasola is still performed today in West Sumba by hundreds of spear throwing combatants charging at their opponents through an open field, a truly unbelievable spectacle. According to tradition, the Pasola must be preceded by the catching of the Nyale (sea worms) which occurs in February in Kodi & Lamboya and March in Wanukaka. The exact time is 6 days before the full moon. Take the time and make the effort to get to one of this action packed events, it will be the highlight of your trip.

Sumba weaving: Ikats weavings in Sumba play a vital role for the women of Sumba. They are exchanged at important ceremonies to show one's social status and the most exquisite cloth are placed at the gravesite for use in the after-world. The west and east regions of Sumba are different in design and color. The eastern ikats bear motifs of bold, bright designs of people, animals, and animistic totems while those of the west are more abstract. Taking up to two years to produce, a full sized Sumba cloth is highly prized both within the community and as mementos for visitors.

Sumba ceremony: After you have soaked in all the culture, seen the Pasola action, and purchased your Ikats, why not relax in one of the two rustic beach side bungalow resorts in East Sumba. They are located right on the beach and offer surfing, game fishing, snorkeling and bird watching. The beaches are near deserted so it is easy to feel like Robinson Caruso as you wander down the near endless stretches of pure white sand - then you understand why we say that Sumba is the destination of contrasts.

If you want explore Indonesia and Sumba to experience the way of life here, this vacation is for you. You are sure to return with lots of photos, memories, and stories to share with friends and family back home.

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