bena traditional 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 plaza in 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).­

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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East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia

Photos taken in Indonesia.­

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