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    Posted on September 1st, 2009

    Written by Jaime


    A Visit to a Chief’s House

    As part of our tour around Moni, a small hillside village at the foot of the Kelimutu volcano, we were driven to a local chief’s house. I am more or less certain that he no longer uses the house, but it was certainly interesting to visit. The locals replace the roof and floor material every six years, but the basic structure is 250 years old.


    The house had a variety of features that represented the importance of nature to the villagers – carvings of plants and snakes. Snakes are important for the villagers because they believe the souls of their ancestors sometimes enter them.




    Blatant reproductive references flanked the entrance as well. One side was adorned with erect (though I’d hope very stylized) peens. The other side sported two pairs of female breasts. Our guide told us that the box to the left of the breasts held, what I heard were ancestor’s ‘balls’. Martin heard ‘bones.’ Based on the general motif, I’m pretty sure I’m right.


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