Flores, Nga’dhu Village

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Flores, Nga’dhu Village

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Nga’dhu, a tall wooden trunk with carvings topped by a conical thatched-roof representing the first male ancestor, and Bhaga, a miniature traditional house representing the first female ancestor, are at the center of rituals.

Two men, a whip, a shield, the vibrating sounds of drums and gongs, a sharp hit, blood. Caci, a traditional ritual whip fighting dance, is a major element of Manggarai cultural identity. Being a unique and an aesthetic delight for the spectators, Caci performances are an attraction to foreign as well as domestic visitors to Manggarai. 

December is an important month for the community of Bena who hold annual celebrations called Reba. Reba is a festival similar to Thanksgiving, when people pay respect to and thank the Almighty for the blessings of a great harvest and the people’s welfare.

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