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Pasola war games Marapu religious knights in Southwest Sumba after Nyale sea worm feast

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Tinuku Travel ~ Pasola or pahola is a game of dexterity and javelin throwing wood while riding horses driven by two teams of knights. The annual attractions is part of a series of traditional ceremonies by the people of Sumba religious Marapu in Southwest Sumba district, East Nusa Tenggara.

Pasola game is held every February and March each year in the four villages is Kodi, Lamboya, Wonokaka, and Gaura in West Sumba, Sumba, East Nusa Tenggara. Pasola beginning with the implementation of Nyale tradition is one of the ceremony to express gratitude to harvest marine worms are abundant on the coast.

Tinuku Travel Pasola war games Marapu religious knights in Southwest Sumba after Nyale worm feast

Tinuku.com Travel Pasola war games Marapu religious knights in Southwest Sumba after Nyale worm feast

Travel.Tinuku.com Pasola war games Marapu religious knights in Southwest Sumba after Nyale worm feast

Pasola be stressful and dangerous game. Both groups have a right to shoot the opponent to fall, wounded, or dead. Parties are injured or die should not be demanding vengeance and retaliation that blood was everywhere have magical powers as a soil conditioner.

Indigenous Nyale is to harvest marine worms are held on the full moon when out on the beach. After harvesting the Pasola attractions can be held in the vast prairie, watched by all citizens of the two teams that competed, watched the general public and tourists.



Each team consists of more than 100 young men armed with spears of wood a blunt end and a diameter of 1.5 cm. The audience can see directly the two teams Sumba knights who are face to face and horseback riding are agile, throwing the javelin towards the opponent and deftly avoid the brunt of the opponent.

Horses hooves roaring out in the field, the sound of neighing horses, and fierce cries of riders into the nuances of warfare during the game. The women in the audience shouted to encourage the participants and add to the atmosphere became tense and challenging.

Blood flow is considered efficacious for soil fertility and crop success. If the death occurs in the game pasola, then it indicates there has been a violation of customary norms committed by citizens on prior to the pasola.

Pasola be one of dedication and obedience to the ancestors acclamation. Things is a religious culture that expresses the essence of religiosity Marapu and establish brotherhood for the general public. Pasola describe the gratitude and the public expression of joy because the harvest is abundant.

Tinuku Travel Pasola war games Marapu religious knights in Southwest Sumba after Nyale worm feast

Tinuku.com Travel Pasola war games Marapu religious knights in Southwest Sumba after Nyale worm feast

Location: District Kodi, Kodi Bangedo and Kodi Blaghar in Southwest Sumba, East Nusa Tenggara.

Activity: Explore archeology, architecture and culture. Hunting photography and videography, and others.

Complementary facilities: Car parking, restrooms, restaurants, hotels and resorts.

Routes and public transport: All flights to Tambolaka city in Southwest Sumba district, East Nusa Tenggara.

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