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Bena village

Bena village
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Bena village on Flores Island is like a living museum, authentic and touristy in equal measure, I visited when there were no other tourists around, very few villages, towns or cities are photogenic (well, NONE of the towns and cities are) in Indonesia, this a delightful exception. More to come from this place.

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Bena, a community that is situated about 16km from Bajawa at the foot of Mount Inerie, is the most famous and also most visited village in the Ngada district. With its impressive stone formations and ancestral shrines, as well as traditional houses, Bena has turned into a signpost for Ngada culture.

The village consists of two parallel rows of traditional, high thatch-roofed houses. Highly visible in the center of the village are ngadhu and bhaga, pairs of shrines – one for each clan of the village – representing the clan’s ancestors. The ngadhu is an anthropomorphic umbrella-like pole embodying the male ancestor of a clan. The trunk is decorated with carvings and is topped with a warrior-like figure. The ngadhu symbolizes fierceness and virility. After a new ngadhu has been carved out of a special tree, the men of the village carry the pole in a ceremonial way into the village.
Date: 2013-08-10 01:07:05

Bena Bajawa Flores village Indonesia Ngada

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Extraordinary place and story Tan :o
Amberinsea Photography 2013-08-10 02:44:49
very nice and well composed photo job here well done.
holland fotograaf 2013-08-10 06:43:30
A fantastic place and scene and a beautiful shot!
_Zinni_ 2013-08-10 08:10:22
so rich in culture; fascinating place; excellent capture; enjoy your weekend
RkyMtnGrl 2013-08-10 11:20:23
amazing place and detail !
alexandros9 2013-08-10 20:29:18
Great slice of local life here; the thatched roof huts are so huge !
Jill Clardy 2013-08-11 00:11:09
I am really looking forward to more images of this village. There are loads of details I would like to get a better look at.
Nice work, Tan.
**El-Len** 2013-08-11 03:21:52

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