Sumbanese is spoken by the inhabitants of the Indonesian island of Sumba. Sumba society still adheres strongly to traditional cultural practices, including the ancient religion of Marapu. Marapu combines ancestor worship and deity worship, and influences all parts of Sumba lifestyle, including ceremonies, places of worship, and even architecture. Men and women traditionally wear large sheets of fabric, called hinggi and lau respectively, into which symbols are woven. A caste system still exists for the people, who are categorized as nobles, priests, or commoners, but these divisions are no longer as strict as they used to be.

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Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia


  • Elias Rawambani


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