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Detail of a bhaga

Detail of a bhaga
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1991 slide scan.
Colors are really bad :(

Indonesia.
Nusa Tenggara.
Flores

Wogo, a Ngada village.
Ngada Regency is one of the regencies which divide the island of Flores, East Nusa Tenggara Province, Indonesia. Bajawa is the capital of Ngada Regency. The population of Ngada Regency was 142,254 at the 2010 Census.

The most evident symbol of continuing Ngada tradition are the pairs of ngadhu (male) and bhaga (female). The ngadhu is a parasol-like structure about three meters high consisting of a carved wooden pole (sebu) and thatched 'roof', and the bhaga is like a miniature thatch-roof house.
The sebu can only be made using the Hebu tree, and special rituals are made before the tree can be taken from the ground and planted , roots and all.
After planting the tree is carved with traditional symbols.
Date: 2014-03-30 21:59:54



Linda De Volder Travel South East Asia Asia Indonesia geotagged geomapped Canoscan slide scan 1991 Nusa Tenggara Flores Wogo Ngada bhaga

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