THE MAGICAL SENSATION OF GRAVE STONES IN THE VILLAGE OF RATENGGARO SUMBA ISLAND

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Ratenggaro itself is actually the name of the custom of hometown is now a part of the territory of the village of Ratenggaro, district Bangedo Kodi, Sumba Barat Daya or SBD on the island of Sumba, East Nusa Tenggara. The distance is approximately 35 km southwest Tambolaka, county town of SBD.

THE MAGICAL SENSATION OF GRAVE STONES IN THE VILLAGE OF RATENGGARO SUMBA ISLAND 6Kampong it originally grew up around the beach directly facing the Indian Ocean. Groves residential tower, all of which have already disappeared, either since when. All that’s left now are some grave stones.

Go to the village of Ratenggaro in the village of Umbu Ngedo, Southwest Sumba Regency is like going back in time, where there are old stone graves around the village. Ratenggaro itself has the meaning of ‘ Rate ‘ which means the grave, while the ‘ meaning ‘ of the Garo people of the Garo. So it was said of old when still going on a war between tribes, the tribe of the person who is now a resident of this village managed to capture the village of Garo people. In those days, the tribe that lost the war to be killed and buried in that spot as well.

THE GRAVE STONE OF MAGICAL IN THE VILLAGE OF RATENGGARO

There are 304 grave stones and 3 of which are unique-shaped and located on the edge of the sea. Size and sculpture at each grave stone is increasingly adding to the magical and insightful impressions on the legacy of their ancestors. Its shape resembling a large flat table looks very sturdy though each day is always affected by buffeting winds from the sea which lies behind the village. In addition to the ancestral Tomb stone or King, there is also a rock tomb with other Ratenggaro residents with a smaller size.

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While a row of traditional house with a roof that soars like a Tower located on a hill on the edge of the beach, with easy access to a line of white sand at low tide, like the painted by water, as well as the horses are running around on the beach. Come to Rateggaro in late afternoon, when you’ll get bright light of the sun which bathes the beach, as well as the color of the sky reddens when towards sunset, very amazing !

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Ratenggaro Beach, his charm is not only sourced from exotic beaches. Coastal areas felt defenseless magical high because in the vicinity remain a number of graves of old stone megalith remains, some 4,500 years ago. The beauty of Ratenggaro is not in doubt. White sandy coastline, overlooking the sea, clear water. The sea waves never tired of roaring. Gemanya sound to the township village of Bondo Kodi, Ratenggaro, rear neighbor –-through arches surrounding Waiha River estuary.

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The location of the old Cemetery is located on the edge of the beach

As has been described above, the Ratenggaro which means Grave Garo became popular because of the grave stone fruit and 304 3 of them unique-shaped which is located into the sea and is a historic graveyard. This dikampung society still practice the tradition and customs of Marapu ancestral like other villages in General that is in Southwest Sumba Regency.

UNIQUE CUSTOM HOMES in the VILLAGE of RATENGGARO (15 metres HIGH)

The village has the uniqueness of this custom home on custom (Uma Kelada) that has a hallmark of a towering minarets reach 15 meters, in contrast to custom homes in the village of other high tower only reached 8 meters. The roof is thatched and base material using high low roof based on their social status. Ratenggaro meruapakan indigenous villages who still hold fast to and preserve the Customs and traditions of their ancestry is evident from the remains of the people who still adhere to the traditions of Marapu are the same as other villages in Southwest Sumba Regency in General.

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Custom Home Ratenggaro home staging has a form that consists of 4 pieces of the rate at which the lowest rate used as pets. Then the second level is where the owner lives with his house and after that on it is a place to store the harvest. Then over the cooking there is a box which houses the sacred objects and save the top level is the place to put Buffalo Horn as a symbolic sign of glory. The archetypal traditional house in the village of Ratenggaro is almost the same as the people of Flores and Toraja people where there is a pig’s jaw at home and Buffalo horns hung as a symbol that people who own the House ever implement traditional ceremony.

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The location of the site of the village of Ratenggaro, near the site of kampung Wainyapu are also located on the coastline and estuaries Waiha with stretch of white sandy beach which is continuously swept by waves of South Beach that is very strong with long waves roll. The village Ratenggaro is also often frequented by tourists on a cruise ship as it is situated on the edge of the beach and is clearly visible from a distance while on the boat, as well as very easy to reach from the beach by foot in about 200 meters.

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