Elu and Tambelar villages

Elu and Tambelar villages

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Elu and Tambelar villages are both located in the eastern part of Waikabubak, with Tambelar to the east of the town’s main central soccer field and Elu within a large forested area a couple of blocks southeast from the main east-west road.

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A Tambelar village local. Photo by: Sally Arnold.
A Tambelar village local. Photo: Sally Arnold

Elu in particular is dominated by one very new and modern house with a bright blue corrugated iron roof. A few doors down a traditionally built house possesses a large buffalo horn collection.

In Tambelar, an enormous and elaborately carved ancient tomb with buffalo decoration is shadowed by iron roofed houses. Likewise, amid the ancient stone tombs, modern colourful tiled versions appear.

Modern grave at Elu village. Photo by: Sally Arnold.
Modern grave at Elu village. Photo: Sally Arnold

Although perhaps not as picturesque as the more traditional styled villages in Waikabubak such as Tarung, Waitabar and Bodo Ede, we found the contrast interesting. The people living within the villages may too have embraced modern Christianity, but still are influenced by the ancient Marapu beliefs and rituals.

Daily life is unchanged, and villagers practise time-honoured crafts including weaving large palm baskets intended as rice containers. Traditional hospitality is maintained — the friendly folk here are very ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 100 words.)

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Sally spent twelve years leading tourists around Indonesia and Malaysia where she collected a lot of stuff. She once carried a 40kg rug overland across Java. Her house has been described as a cross between a museum and a library. Fuelled by coffee, she can often be found riding her bike or petting stray cats. Sally believes travel is the key to world peace.

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