East Nusa Tenggara Wooden Houses
It has sharp and pointed roof, looks like a tower in which heirlooms (Tanggu Marapu) are kept. Each traditional house has three sides : underside, middle side and upper side, reflecting natural symbol in Sumbanese view which are : under world (place of spirit), middle world (place of mankind) and upper world (place of goods).
Therefore a house is not only as a place to live in for mankind but also as a place for religious service and the center of social and economic gathering. Around the traditional house, there are great tombstones with various shapes and beautiful carvings, either the old ones (hundreds year old) or the new ones, as manifestation of the glory of megalithic period in the past. These traditional houses can be found in Wunga village sub district Haharu (63 Km from Waingapu), which is the first and the oldest village in East Sumba.
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