Caci Whip Fighting

Ruteng, Another Exotic Town Of East Nusa Tenggara

Ruteng is a town surrounded by intricate winding valleys high up in Flores mountains. Ruteng can be found around 140 km east of Labuan Bajo and most travellers use this town as an opportunity to rest overnight on their way to Moni, Kelimutu. The town is the capital of the Manggarai district and boasts to[…]

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The spiderweb ricefields, Ruteng

Ruteng, Equilibrium Between The Ancient And The Modern

Ruteng, capital of the district of Manggarai, in the western part of the island of Flores, is a pleasant, busy town backed by a range of mountains. Located some 1,200 meters above sea level the air is cool. Surrounding the town are green rice fields that provide the staple for the population on this predominantly dry island.[…]

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Rumah Gendang, Compang Ruteng village

Traditional Village Of Compang Ruteng

A compang is a stone altar usually found in the yards of traditional homes of the Manggarai community. The Compang is the center of traditional ceremonies, among which is  the penti, a ceremony to thank God for a bountiful harvest. Water buffalos and cows are tied to this Compang to be subsequently sacrificed. The Compang[…]

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The Liang Bua cave, Ruteng

Liang Bua, Home Of Indonesia’s “Hobbits”

Liang Bua is a cave in a limestone hill in Manggarai District, Flores. The local community is familiar with this cave because of its huge size (50 meters long, 40 meters wide, and 25 meters tall). Due to its size, it was once used as a religious worship place and school. Liang Bua is famous[…]

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