Manggarai: Life in The Land of Abundance

Beautiful looking village

What an Amazing World!

The Majestic Rice Terraces of Manggarai The Majestic Rice Terraces of Manggarai

Amid the woods just outside the town of Ruteng in western Flores, a village was hidden from plain sight where dirt trails provided the sole telltale of a settlement behind the trees. Children were playing at the village entrance as we drew closer and walked down a path leading to the central courtyard with an elevated circular ground on which a dadap tree (Erythrina variegata) grew. Two large traditional houses stood across the point where we entered the village, capped by conical roofs made from alang-alang – dried reed.

We were at Ruteng Pu’u, the oldest village in the area and the forerunner of the modern-day Ruteng.

A closer inspection to one of the traditional houses revealed typical scenes of a Florenese village: dried coffee beans spread out on a tampah – wide basket made from dried bamboo – in front of the…

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