Travel Tips in west sumba
|The History of Sumba|
Based on 14th century Majapahit chronicler, Sumba was under Majapahit Empire of East Java but the history of Sumabanese is more of internal wars over land and trading between small kingdoms. In 1522 the first ships from Europe arrived, and by 1866 Sumba belonged to the Dutch East Indies, although the island did not come under real Dutch administration until the twentieth century.
A civilian administration was established in 1913 but Sumbanese nobilities continued to reign under Dutch rule. When Indonesian republic ceased to acknowledge the authority of the nobilities, many of them became government officials.
Despite contact with western cultures, Sumba is one of the few places in the world in which megalithic burials are used as a 'living tradition' to inter prominent individuals when they die. Burial in megaliths is a practice that was used in many parts of the world during the Neolithic and Bronze Ages, but has survived to this day in Sumba. Another long-lasting tradition is the sometimes lethal game of pasola, in which teams of horse-riders fight with spears
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Pasola, a war game tournament played by two groups of selected Sumbanese men from different clans or tribes by throwing wooden spears to the opponent while riding a decorated selected horse. The word Pasola is derived from the world Sola or Hola meaning a kind of a long wooden stick used as a spear to fling each other by two opponent groups of horsemen. It is a game that requires a high skill at horse..
|Where to Go in West Sumba|
West Sumba offers stunningly beautiful views and rich culture to explore. Get the panorama of golden rice field terraces, mountains with rivers and bamboo grooves and scores of religious rituals and ceremonies. Here are few destinations that worth a try.
There are some villages around Waikabubak that has some magnificent stone megaliths and great rice-field panorama. Kampung Pasunga has some..