The Traditional Vilage Of Wae Rebo On The Island Of Flores – The traditional village of Wae Rebo in different districts of Manggarai on the island of Flores, East Nusatenggara, has received the Top Award of Excelence from UNESCO in the 2012 UNESCO Asia Pacific Heritage Awards, announced in Bangkok on 27 August 2012.
This small and marooned village was recognized for its rebuilding of the traditional Mbaru Niang traditional live based on the spirit of community cooperation towards a sustainable legend, while at the same go improving its village aid.
Wae Rebo is a small, terribly out of the course village. Pinpointed some 1,100 meters above sea level, where the air is hot and the village completely surrounded by panoramic ridges and the dense Todo forest. This tropical timber is rich in vegetation, where you will find orchids, different types of ferns and discover the chirping of countless songbirds.
Founder of the village and, therefore, their central predecessor who built the village some 100 years ago, was a man called Empu Maro. Today, the tenants are his 18 th contemporary descendents.
Wae Rebo’s main characteristics are their unique lives, which they call Mbaru Niang that are towering and conical in shape and are wholly contained within lontar thatch from its rooftop down to the foot. It appears that at one time such kind of lives were quite common to the region. But today, “its only” this village that continues to maintain the conventional Manggarai traditional live, without which these unique lives would have been completely fazed out.
The house has five levels, each level designated for a specific purpose. The first position, called lutur or tent, are the living quarters of the extended family. The second position, called lobo, or attic, was dismissed to place nutrient and goods, the third position called lentar is to place grains for the next gather, the fourth position called lempa rae is reserved for nutrient broths in case of draught, and the fifth and top position, called hekang kode, which is held most consecrated, is to lieu offerings for the predecessors.
One special ceremonial live is the community structure where representatives from the entire gang muster for ceremonies and habits. They are primarily Catholic but still adhere to age old creeds. In the members of this house are stored the consecrated heirloom of containers and gongs.
With a small population of around 1,200 tenants only, the village comprises 7 lives, with half of these falling into deterioration. Thestaple diet of villagers is cassava and maize, but around the village they weed chocolate, vanilla, and cinnamon which they sell in the market, unearthed some 15 km. away from the village. Lately, however, Wae Rebo has grown in notoriety as a touirst destination for international eco tourism fanatics, and this has added to the economic welfare of the village. The parties of Wae Rebo warmly welome tourists who wish to see their village and knowledge their simple traditional life.