Last Sunday October of 28th, hundreds of people from 7 villages in East Manggarai Regency flocked Muara Limbu Lea, Nangarawa, Bamo Billahe. They flocked the place to hold a tradition called ‘Kebhu’, the local tradition of Iowa ethnic. The tradition is started by reaping corn seeds in Pinggir Limbu Mpubu Lea and Mpube Amu (Pond). The corn seeds reaped are the ones that have been milled. The corn seeds are reaped by the heir of the Iowa ethnic. He is the one who fully controls the procession during the Kebhu tradition. He must also come from a family who only has one child as the tradition cannot be held by descendants who have siblings in their family.
When the heir reaps the milled corn, he recites a kind of incantation in their local language namley ‘Rongga Language’. The incantation says that "rengo ika lere liang, oro lau mbahu oro lau". It means that fish and various creatures are to get out from their sanctuary. The incantation is used to ask for god's blessing so that people can obtain abundant fish and other creatures easily from the pond. After reciting the incantation, the heir of the tradition throws Ndala, a special fishing net used only for local tradition. The heir who throws the fishing net must be the first and only child in his family. The Ndala is made from neither nylon nor plastic but thread. The fishing net is an environmentally-friendly heritage. After the heir throws the net, people get into the pond to catch fish and other creatures. Unfortunately, pregnant women cannot participate in this ritual as they will get nothing. People are only allowed to catch fish and other creatures until afternoon.
Kefore the Kebhu tradition is held, there are a number of indigenous rituals held earlier. For example, the first ritual is called ‘Mbaru Gendrang’ (Zao Mrhje) in Iowa ethnic. The next ritual is carried out in Watu Nurung (servings for god are placed on this round stone). The stone is located under the tamarind tree called ‘Ponange’ near to the Nangaranga coast. The Ponange tree has been selected in Iowa's ancestors in a bid to perform rituals before they get into the estuary or the Mbupu Lea and Ama pond. The indigenous people of Iowa give serving dedicated to their ancestors and the universe such as betel, limestone paste, pinang tree, ketupat jagung (ricecake made from corn), chicken, and milled corn. Afterwards, the first heir of Iowa ethnic embeds a wood from a tree branch surrounding the stone. The ketupat jagung is hanged on the wood. As this ritual finishes, the chief of the tribe recites incantation to ask for god's blessing and permission so that the Kebhu ritual can be accepted.
Legend says the fish living in the pond used to be chickens. Thus, people present them the milled corn. The mystique legend is based on the explanation of Iowa's ancestors in Nangarawa. The tradition is maintained by local people and it is held once in five years.
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This is RRI World Service, Voice of Indonesia with Indonesian Wonder, a program which presents information about arts, culinary, culture, and tourism. In today's edition, we will present you information about Gancik Selo Hilltop.
Boyolali is one of the regencies in Indonesia. It shares borders with Solo and Semarang. This regency is famous for its featured milk and beef production. In addition, Boyolali has a number of attractive tourism destinations to visit. One of them is Gancik Selo Hilltop. Gancik Selo Hilltop offers the panorama of Mount Merbabu's slope and the majestic Mount Merapi. By paying only Rp 5,000, you can enjoy the spectacular panorama. Gancik Selo Hilltop is located in Dukuh Selo Nduwur, Selo Village, Selo Sub-district, Boyolali Regency, Central Java Province. It is located 36 kilometers away from the center of Boyolali Regency which takes around 1 hour. When you arrive there, you will feel the cool temperature. This is because the hill is located on a highland whose height reaches 1,850 meters above the sea level. Furthermore, the atmosphere in this object is very enchanting because of the lush trees surrounding the object. The main attraction of this object is a place called Gardu Pandang, namely a place to witness the beauty of the hill from above. Besides, from this place, you can also take a look at the rice field, local people's houses, and plantations. The view is a suitable choice for your photo/selfie background. Gancik Selo Hilltop has a number of Gardu Pandangs which are connected with bamboo bridges to help visitors get around the object. if you would like to take photos on Gancik Hilltop, you can capture not only the surrounding panorama but also the beauty of sunrise and sunset from the hill. The wonder of sunrise from the hill is undoubtedly gorgeous. But, you must come on time to be able to see the sunrise. Besides taking photos, you can also do hiking on Gancik Selo hilltop. Gancik Selo Hilltop also offers a new hiking track in Mount Berbabu. If you want to hike from Gancik Route, you will arrive at Post 3 of the Merbabu Hiking Track via Selo Lama. Both routes are connected to Post 3 Watu Tulis.
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Lingga is one of regencies in Riau Islands province which has 531 big and small islands. Around 447 islands are unoccupied. Because the province has many islands, Lingga regency has many potential natural tourisms. One of them is Nusantara beach at Tanjung Harapan village, Sinkep district, Lingga regency, Riau. Nusantara beach has coastal line which has shape of concave like gulf. The coastal line is not quite wide, only around 2 hectares. The beach is arranged neatly and its cleanliness is maintained until the beach is seen beautiful and interesting. It also becomes one of reasons why the beach is never devoid of visitors, either domestic or foreign tourists. If you go to the beach, you can explore the flat side of the beach and on the beach, there are built wooden huts. Nusantara beach has brown sand and calm waves and also clear water. The visitors can swim around the beach. Besides, there is a small island which juts to the sea that can be accessed by walking through small bridge with wooden fence. On the artificial island as wide as 20 meters, you can sun-bath on the relaxing chair, eating at the stall or only taking picture. And if you are lucky, you will see white storks which are flying or finding foods at the seashore. If you have fishing hobby, you can enjoy your hobby here. To go to Nusantara beach is quite easy by using motorcycle or car. The beach is opened whole days. Many tourists choose to come to the beach in the evening. Because at the time, you can enjoy very beautiful scenery. To enter the beach is free of charge. The facility at the beach is quite complete.
Probolingo is one of regencies in East Java, which has many tourism objects, such as Mt. Bromo that is well known overseas. Mt. Bromo is located at Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park. The national park has not only natural mountain tourism object, but also amazing waterfall. The waterfall is Hyang Darungan Bremi. Hyang Darungan Bremi waterfall is administratively located at Bremi village, Krucil district, East java province. To go to the tourism object, you will take around one hour from Probolingo by public transportation to Bremi. From the waterfall’s gateway, you take around 2 hours on foot. The trip from the gateway to Hyang Darungan Bremi waterfall is hard. Because the path is inclining, steep and muddy. It is narrow and can be passed only by one person. Besides, you also must be through river and stones. The trip certainly makes you tired so that you need extra strong stamina to reach the tourism object. At the location of Hyang Darungan Bremi waterfall, there are 2 beautiful waterfalls. One waterfall is above and another one is underneath. Both waterfalls’ stream is fresh and cold. The underneath waterfall has around 15 meters high. At the waterfall, you can take bath to enjoy the freshness of the Hyang Darungan Bremi waterfall. For the above waterfall, you must walk again around 500 meters from the underneath waterfall. The scenery presented by the above waterfall is more beautiful than another one. The waterfall has around 20 meters high with stone’s overlay under it. You can also swim while enjoying amazing natural panorama.
The nature of Maluku is so beautiful. It can be seen from many natural tourism objects which are beautiful and can be visited from under sea tourism objects. Maluku has beautiful islands, beaches with amazing sceneries and many others. Kei Besar island is one of the islands in Maluku which has many natural tourism potentials. One of natural tourism destinations, is Hoko waterfalls at Hoko village, Kei Besar district, Southeast Maluku regency, Maluku province. Hoko waterfall has fresh and clear water, which flows down through giant stone to natural pool under it. The pool has clear and calm water with colorful gradation of sky blue and also turkish green. At the pool, tourists can swim while enjoying the beauty of Hoko waterfall. In addition, the tourists can slide from the giant stone to the pool which is under it. Because of its beauty, Hoko waterfall becomes one of destinations worth being visited when taking holidays in Maluku. Because of its natural tourism beauty, Kei islands get valuable appreciation of Indonesian Charming Award from Indonesian Ministry of Tourism in 2016, with the title ‘One of the most popular hidden paradises in Indonesia.’ Although the waterfall becomes popular destination, its beauty and nature are still protected well. To access Hoko waterfall, the visitors can visit Kei islands by plane from Pattimura international airport of Ambon to Karel Sadsuitubun airport, Southeast Maluku regency. After arriving in the Southeast Maluku, the visitors must use speed boat from Watdek port to Elat village. After arriving at Elat village, the visitors can use motor taxi or usually called ‘Ojek’ to Hoko village.
Indonesia as an archipelagic country has big islands such as Java, Kalimantan, Sumatera, Sulawesi and Papua. There are also small islands which have many natural tourism potentials. Take for example, Rupat island in Malacca strait. Administratively, the island belongs to the regency of Bengkalis territory, Riau province. Rupat Island covers around 1,500 m2 and it is located between Malaysia and Sumatera Island. The beaches on the island also directly border with Malacca strait. On the island, there is beach called ‘Pesona Pulau Rupat’ which stretches out until 3 regions on Rupat island beginning from Tanjung Lapin, Rhu bay, until Punak cape. Thus, Pesona Pulau Rupat is often called with the name which is given by each region. The beautiful attraction of Rupat Island is both on its nature and culture. The island has also typical dance, called ‘Zapin Api’ dance. The dance, which is accompanied by Malay music, is full of mystic. Because, before the attraction is begun, the dancers who consist of 5 male dancers, will circle burnt incense. During the performance, audiences are allowed to light fire. The dance is almost extinct because the dance’s leader is only 2 persons who are getting older. Thus, the dance needs new generation to preserve for young generation. Rupat Island can be accessed from Pekanbaru, Dumai, or Bengkalis. The main line of transportation to the island is by sea. If one departs from Dumai, they can use roll-on-roll Dumai-Rupat ship whose departure time has been scheduled. The trip from Dumai to Rupat Island takes around 20-30 minutes. While if you depart from Bengkalis, it will take around 2 hours. If you want to stay at night, you can rent local people’s house or homestay.
Beach is tourism object which is quite popular. In Central Java province, along the line of North beach, so many interesting beaches spread and they need to be visited. One of them is Purwahamba Indah beach which is located at the edge of road of North beach, Suradadi district, Tegal regency. Purwahamba Indah beach has blue ocean with soft black sand. Although its sand is not white, you will enjoy it. The visitors can see the beauty of the Indonesian ocean in the Northern part of Java island accompanied by light breeze. The beach has calm waves so that the visitors can swim at the beach. In additional to swimming at Purwahamba Indah beach, you can also swim at pool with the international level which was built by Purwahamba Indah beach management. The pool is also completed with water park, water sliding and fountain. Purwahamba Indah beach is located on Jalan Raya Tegal – Pemalang Km 14, Tegal. You can access from Tegal city by public transportation to the East around 14 kilometers. The location of the beach is quite strategic. So, it can be accessed easily. The facility of the beach is also quite complete, beginning from parking space, restaurant, and bath room. To enter the beach, the visitors must pay entrance ticket Rp 3,000 for adult and Rp 2,500 for kid on weekdays. While on the weekend, Rp 3,500 for adult and Rp 3,000 for kid.
On 22nd September 2018, Banyuwangi Regency, East Java has just inaugurated Taman Gandrung Terakota -TGT. The tourism icon of Bayuwangi that will attract young tourists has hundreds of Gandrung dance statues. The park becomes special because it was built at terrace rice fields under Mt. Ijen located in Jiwa Jawa Ijen Resort, Licin sub-district, Banyuwangi. According to Sigit Pramono, an initiator of Taman Gandrung Terakota, the park is a site to preserve and reconcile Gandrung dance as one of cultural identities of Banyuwangi. Moreover, he said that Gandrung art is a form of gratitude of flourishing agriculture output. Therefore, the site of Rawat Tari Gandrung is located at rice farming where the farmers keep plowing rice field by buffalo, planting and cropping paddy. Taman Gandrung Terakota is inspired by Terracotta Warrior and Horses in China, which was built at Qin Shi Huang during the emperor era in 259-210 BC. The setting involved art curators from Galeri Nasional Indonesia and a lecturer of Institut Seni Indonesia (ISI) Yogyakarta, Dr. Suwarno Wisetrotomo. There are about 1,000 statues of Gandrung dance at the Park. The statues are placed separately and collectively. The park is called ‘Terakota’ because it is another name of pottery that is used as a basic material of visualization for Gandrung dance. Models of statue at Taman Gandrung Terakota are taken by a photographer, Sigit’s photos. Then, the photos were created to be statues by Budi Santoso artist and were printed by statue makers in Kasongan, Yogyakarta. The statues were made manually one by one. Even though they have the same formation, there are some differences. The major differences are facial expressions and smiles of Gandrung dance. The statues were made of pottery, such as burned clay. It was made of pottery because the pottery has strong philosophy related to Gandrung dance, it is meant to be closer with nature based on the philosophy of life. If you are in Taman Gandrung Terakota, you can enjoy beauty of Mt. Ijen whose height is 2.443 meters above sea level at the west side. Mt. Ijen has crater which radiates blue flame globally. Looking at the east side, there is blue aura of Bali strait. You can enjoy not only a series of statues of Gandrung dance, but also green hills and terrace rice fields, farmers’ plowing rice field, coffee farm, durian trees, various kinds of bamboos and local endemic plants at the park. There are open amphitheaters for scheduled-art show of and Jazz music exhibition at the middle of the park.
Sumba Island is an island in the Southwest region of East Nusa Tenggara province. The island has many hidden tourism objects, such as Mandorak beach which is located at Pero Batang village, Kodi district, Southwest part of Sumba, East Nusa Tenggara. Mandorak beach is like hidden heaven in Sumba Island. The beach is the smallest one among the beaches in Sumba Island. Its coastal line is only around 50 meters long. Because, the beach is surrounded by high and steep cliffs. Those cliffs also become interesting attraction because its shapes are like the gateway to the high seas. The beach has clean white sand like pearl with clear sea water. Its wave is also quite heavy so that many tourists come for surfing at the beach. Because its stream is quite heavy, the visitors should be careful if they want to swim at the beach. At Mandorak beach, the visitors can do trekking on the cliff and enjoy the beauty of the beach from the cliff. Besides, they can do fishing from the cliff. They can also enjoy beautiful sunset of Mandorak beach. Mandorak beach has a distance around 42 kilometers from the capital city of Southwest Sumba Barat, Tambolaka. From Kupang, Tambaloka can be accessed by plane. From Tambolaka airport, you can rent motorcycle or car. The facility at the beach is quite inadequate because the beach is located at remote area.
Bali Island is one of favorite destinations of Indonesia for domestic and foreign tourists. This island is well-known not only for the beauty of amazing nature, but also its culture. Although many interesting places which can be visited, there are still tourism destinations in Bali which are rare to be visited. One of them is Suluban beach. Although being rare for tourists to visit, the name of Suluban beach is well known among surfing lovers. The destination has big waves. Thus, Suluban is well known as favorite spot for surfing. The beach is also known as Blue Point Beach. The mention comes from the name of hotel which is located not far from this tourism object. It is called it in order to make easy for foreign tourist to return to the beach whose location is hidden. At Suluban beach, there is exotic coral cliff. The waves which hit the coral cliff look like special scenery that never be found at another place. Although, it is suitable for surfing, the free-of-charge tourism destination has exciting activities which can be conducted. The tourists can see monkey’s habitat surrounding the beach or enjoy typical foods of Bali at restaurant which is not far from the beach. From here, its panorama is seen amazing. There is a combination of white-color on sand, green-Tosca at the seashore and dark blue in deep sea. As long as trip to the beach, tourists will be welcomed by local people. Most of the local people sit at the hut and spend their time to weave clothes. Although they are busy, they are very friendly with the tourists. The tourists can mingle with local people while finding information about the uniqueness of the exotic beach in the Southern of Bali. Weaving made by the local people is sold at the souvenir shops. In addition weaving with beautiful motif, the shop also offers various kinds of accessories, such as hat, necklace and bracelet. Suluban beach is located at Pecatu village, South Kuta, Badung regency. From Ngurah Rai International airport, it takes around 45 minutes by motor-vehicles. The road condition to this tourism object is good enough; even there is direction board which makes easy for tourists. Unfortunately, here, there is no adequate public transportation, so we suggest you to use private or rental car.