Pasunga, Gallu Bakul and Ana Bura villages

Pasunga, Gallu Bakul and Ana Bura villages

Megalith central

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If really big megaliths are your thing, Anakalang district is the go-to spot in West Sumba. Twenty kilometres east of Waitabubak, and 55 west of Lewa, Pasunga, Gallu Bakul and Ana Bura are among several villages with fantastic, over-scale megalithic tombs.

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Modern traditional at Pasunga. Photo by: Sally Arnold.
Modern traditional at Pasunga. Photo: Sally Arnold

Due to its easily accessible position, the people of Pusanga are somewhat blasé towards tourists. The guest book will come out, and they’ll be pleasant enough, but you’ll be pretty much left to your own devices to wander around and look at the tombs.

A number of tombs line the long corridor between the houses, but the real business is roadside in the western corner as you enter. The most impressive of these has a large rectangular stone about three metres high and more than one metre wide, carved with two figures at the front, and other smaller figures and symbols, fronting a heavy slab tomb. There are other large tombs here, but none so monumental. Take a walk through the smaller tombs between the houses and you’ll find very nice carvings (on a much smaller scale) there too.

Workman at Pasunga. Photo by: Sally Arnold.
Workman at Pasunga. Photo: Sally Arnold

Four kilometres along the road south from Pasunga, the tiny village of Gallu Bakul has one large tomb to see and boy is it tremendous.

The massive construction has what looks like a stone pointy roof house sitting on top, and a large carved headstone featuring symbolic designs with male and female heads at the apex. The slab part of the tomb is about five metres long by four metres wide and 50 centimetres thick — it’s really impressive.

The magnificent tomb at Gallu Bakul village. Photo by: Sally Arnold.
The magnificent tomb at Gallu Bakul village. Photo: Sally Arnold

One hundred metres further on, turn left into the village of Ana Bura. Not as impressive as the previous villages, a couple of nicely carved headstones and large tombs are found here.You could continue down this road for hours looking at large impressive tombs, as there are many more in this area to be ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 300 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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