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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 08:07:04

Bena Bajawa Flores village Indonesia Ngada

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How do you find this village and look deserted. Good discovery.
Septimus Low 2013-08-10 08:15:31
Beautiful traditional village Tan, it must have been a wonderful experience to learn new cultures.
Ania Tuzel Photography 2013-08-10 08:50:45
Great viewpoint over the village, you visit the most amazing places!
Amberinsea Photography 2013-08-10 09:45:44
Looks interesting place, nice vantage point. Flores is exotic thanks to its remoteness.
I Prahin | 2013-08-10 14:42:43
A beautiful place that everyone of us dreams of visiting, , and even to stay there for the rest of his life .. Thank you so much for all this wonderful work, Lucky Tan :)
Haqqoo 2013-08-10 16:05:45
Amazing structures Tan! Very interesting place to visit.
MarsW 2013-08-10 18:42:53
very interesting place! great capture!
c-h-l (chapter closed, goodbye!) 2013-08-10 21:14:31
Quality work!!
Maria_Globetrotter 2013-08-11 05:35:46
interesting perspective on the village
Jill Clardy 2013-08-11 07:11:32
Interesting history.
Would love to see this!
riordanNH 2013-08-11 09:41:48
This looks so beautiful and also so interesting. thank you so much for providing the background information. I think you realize that I really appreciate this kind of thing.
**El-Len** 2013-08-11 10:19:45
Wonderful capture Tan
This is so interesting :)
Zur@imiAbro@d 2013-08-11 11:27:49
Great composition. Beautiful village.
Globality+ 2013-08-11 23:49:07
Beautiful village!
supersky77 2013-08-19 16:21:57

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