Photographer's Note

The Republic of Indonesia, also known as 'Land Under the Rainbow' offers adventure that is hard to find in modern world. Streching three time zones with approx 300 ethnic groups which speak some 365 languages with a myriad of different cultures, Indonesia possesses some of the most remarkable sights in South East Asia. Flores in East Nusa Tenggara Province is one remote exotic island with 14 active volcanoes, remains barely undetected by tourist radar despite great improvements in transport connections, and something about this most rugged and most beautiful mountainous island in ENT that I wll never forget after spending almost one month on solo photo escapade almost four years ago.

Ngada people are native inhibitant in south central district of the island, with strong ethnic touch and still influenced by the animistic beliefs beneath the prevalent Catholicism. This is one of the traditional Ngada houses in Bena village, 1200m elevation tucked in cool lush green mountains on the slopes Ineri volcano (2500m) where tradition and animist beliefs hold strong here including ancestor worship and gory buffalo sacrifice.

In their society, status of a household is determined by how many times a person has provided an animal to be eaten by the village during a festival.

The more one is able to contribute, the higher one's status. So your guess is as good as mine, by looking at the accumulation of the neatly stacked buffalo horns there.

Workshop1: Bena Village on wider perspective
Workshop2: Heavily clouded Ineri Volcano 2500m, seen from Bena Village
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