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bena primitive village (flores island)

Bena Primitive Village on Flores Island (Indonesia)

In Central Flores, traditional villages are in the shape of a circle of wooden houses facing a central plaza.­ The village plaza is a cemetery, with graves and special structures built for the spirits.­ The miniature houses are for the female spirits, and the straw umbrellas are for the male spirits.­ Ancient graves are marked by megalith (large pointy stones planted in the ground).­

On this photo, you can see ancient memorial stones or graves.­ This one is quite large, maybe used for an extended family, or for someone important like a village chief.­ No-one knows, and the ancient stones are unmarked (maybe dating from a time where indigenous people could not write).­ It may also be a Megalithic Cenotaph (memorial monument), rather than actual graves.­

This village is still maintained by its inhabitants (mostly elderly people).­ Some other traditional villages in the area are now deserted and kept just for tourists, when their inhabitants moved to more comfortable "modern" concrete houses with a satellite TV dish.­

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Photos taken in Indonesia.­

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