Sumba, Waikabubak, Traditional house

Written by on June 28, 2012 in Sumba Traditional Villages with 0 Comments

Sumba, Traditional house, Waikabubak





According to the ancient Sumbanese myths, when the first ancestral house was built on the eighth heavenly sphere, the roof was covered by human hair taken during head hunting raids. Now dried palm leaves symbolically replace the human hair.

Traditional Sumbanese houses are built with tall peaked roofs that are topped with a projecting wooden beam at both ends holding a male and female figure made of carved wood or bound grass. The wooden beams on the roof are believed to be the entrance for the ancestor spirits to enter the house and give blessings to their descendants. The presence of Marapu is omnipresent among the living and the house is also seen as an important place of ancestor worship.

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