Traveljunkieindonesia.com – A few years ago, I was invited to the glamorous Nias Cultural Passage with Sony Alpha.
Nias is best known for its diversity of festivals and celebration. The ‘wave’ is superb and has deservedly kept this far-flung island on the international surfing circuit. The ancient megalithic monuments and traditional architecture are also incredible for travel junkies.
It was fun to be a part of it. PERFECTOOO!!!
The most well-known events are War Dances, performed regularly for travel junkies, and Stone Jumping, a manhood ritual that sees young men leaping over two meter stone towers to their fate.
Aaah red, yellow and black dominate the costumes of the dancers of the UNESCO cultural village in Bawomataluo. Everyone had gorgeous in hair, amazing make up, incredible tans. IT’S WAS FREAKING AMAZING!
Hundreds of years ago, war between sub-ethnic groups often occurred in Nias, but that’s over now. And the re-enactment of tribal wars in the form of dance inspires and entertains.
The theatrical movements of the dancers, carrying machetes and spears, gives us an idea of what the actual events were like.
I had a great time catching up with travel photographer friends, doing a whole lot of culture spotting and celebrating with the locals.
WOW! What a cool cultural experience. More about Nias island, visit here.
Happy Sustainable Travels!