bena traditional village (flores island)

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bena traditional village (flores island)

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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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Photo taken on October 9, 2011
East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia