Photo: Tarung village.

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Tarung and Waitabar villages

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Adjacent villages atop a small hill on the western side of Waikabubak, set at opposite ends of a boulder-lined path, it’s hard to tell where Tarung finishes and Waitabar starts.

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High thatch-roofed stilted houses with pigs and other livestock penned below and large stone-slab tombs may have you feeling transported to ancient times, but satellite dishes remind you that this is a modern society. Tradition and Marapu beliefs still run deep, though.

A girl walks around gravestones at Tarung. Photo taken in or around Tarung and Waitabar villages, Waikabubak, Indonesia by Sally Arnold.

A girl walks around gravestones at Tarung. Photo: Sally Arnold

Within Tarung, several of the clan houses have specific traditional functions, such as being keepers of sacred items like machetes, gongs and drums, or they have special responsibilities such as determining the arrival of Wulla Poddu, the holy month. Although geographically close to Tarung, Waitabar has its own traditional leaders and sacred objects. Interesting for the passing tourist (and good for photo opportunities) several of the houses in Waitabar are adorned with magnificent buffalo horn collections, relics from sacrificed animals and a local ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 200 words.)

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