Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Hombo Stone

Hombo Stone, Nias, North Sumatra, Indonesia 

Tourist Attractions and Beaches in Indonesia
A. Overview 
Hombo (skip) stone is a very popular tradition in the people of Nias in South Nias district. This tradition is carried out by people in the village of Bawo Mataluo (Mount of the Sun). Mataluo Bawo Village is the village which is rich in megalithic sites (large stone) carved and in it there is a traditional residential Nias (Omo hada). 
After regional autonomy in 2003, the Village Bawo Mataluo become part of the territory of South Nias district. Previously, the village is entered into the realm of Nias district. The capital of South Nias district is Teluk Dalam. This district has a natural beauty and extraordinary cultural uniqueness. 

B. Feature
The tradition of stone skipping is a rite of culture to determine whether a youth in the village of Bawo Mataluo can be recognized as a young man who has grown or not. The young men will be recognized as a brave man and is eligible to marry when to jump over a pile of stones that are made in such a way that more than two meters high. There is a special ritual before the youth jumped over. While wearing traditional clothes, they ran with a small stepping stone cantilever advance to be able pass these high stone buildings. Many young people are so excited to be able to jump. 

C. Location 
Mataluo Bawo Village in South Nias regency, North Sumatra Province, Indonesia. 

D. Access 
To reach the tourist sites, travelers can go through air travel from Medan to Nias (Gunung Sitoli) with travel time approximately 1 hour. In addition to air travel, to reach the island of Nias can also be reached via sea travel by ferry from Sibolga to Nias with travel time approximately 10 hours. From Gunung Sitoli, the tourists still need about 3 hours journey to Teluk Dalam with two or four wheeled vehicles.
E. Accommodation and Other Facilities 
Because of the Gulf in the district capital, the tourists are not difficult to find lodging from level bungalows, jasmine class lodging, or hotel. Restaurants and food stalls are also there around the site.


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