Alor, Takpala Traditional Village, Kamengtaha

Alor Takpala Traditional Village,   Kamengtaha

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Administratively, Takpala Traditional Village is situated in the hamlet III Kamengtaha, Overtime Village West, North West District of Alor, East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia. Geographical boundaries of the village territory Takpala among others: the north bordering the Flores Sea, the south by the Village Overtime Central and South Welai Village, the east by the Village Likwatang, and west borders the Village of West Overtime.

Alor regency in East Nusa Tenggara Province (NTT) is one of the outermost regions of Indonesia. One of the island in this district, Alor Island, directly adjacent to East Timor. Nuance views presented in Takpala quite interesting because this village overlooking the sea. From this village, you can enjoy the beauty Benlelang Bay and the surrounding environment. Arriving in the village of Traditional Takpala you, you will be greeted with Legos-Lego Dance by local residents. Takpala typical dance is done in bulk by holding hands in a circle. Lego-Lego Dancers wearing traditional clothing, while women’s hair is left loose. At the foot of the dancers, placed a silver bracelet that will reflect the tinkling sound when moved (Bentara Tour, March 16, 2007).

Tetabuhan gongs and drums from brass or moko accompanying the doings of the dancers who move smart as he proclaimed in song and rhyme local. Usually indigenous languages, Lego-Lego danced all night long. You and other visitors can also dance together Takpala Village residents. According to local traditional elders, Lego, Lego is a typical dance Abui Tribe, a native Takpala, is a symbol of the strength of unity and brotherhood (Bentara Tour, March 16, 2007). The legend tells that the Tribe Abui is the founder of the oldest royal ever in Alor, namely in the inland mountain kingdom of Abui Alor. ari-Lego Lego is done by surrounding the three circle-shaped stone called the altar. That said, the altar built at the expense of prehistoric man as a sacrificial head.

Offering a human head is what makes a sacred altar. Third was the sacred altar, symbolizing the three groups contained in Abui Tribe, among others Tribe Kapitang which is a tribal war, Interest Aweni consisting of the king / nobleman, and Marang Tribe or tribal intermediaries. Each tribe has the authority according to their respective position. Typically, these three ethnic groups interact with each other while performing a job. For example, as a tribal king, Interest Rate Marang gave orders to Aweni to be submitted to the Tribe Kapitang to go to war (Bentara Tour, March 16, 2007). In addition to Lego-Lego Dance, the main attraction is the village of Takpala traditional houses Tribe Abui commonly called by the name of House Lopo. You can walk around and see the uniqueness of the traditional houses are still used as a dwelling. Custom homes, each of which is inhabited by some 13 heads of families were composed of two types of houses, namely Kolwat and Kanuruat. Kolwat house open to the public, anyone may enter, including children and women. While that may come into the house Kanuruat only certain circles. Children and women are strictly forbidden to enter the house Kanuruat, if breached will lead to a disease in which the process of healing must be done with traditional ceremonies (Bentara Tour, March 16, 2007).

Takpala traditional house made of bamboo and pyramid-shaped, thatched-roofed and propped up by a 6 pole made of red wood. At the top there is a house-shaped ornament open arms as a symbol request thanks to the Almighty. Each house has three floors Lopo. Bottom floor serves as kitchen and bedroom, second floor used to store corn or other foodstuffs, and when the second floor is full, the food can be stored on the third floor which also serves as a warehouse. The second floor is also often used to entertain guests who came. Could be, by the owner of the house you will be treated with a glass of sweet coffee. After visiting the sights Takpala Traditional Village, you can rest in a hotel or inn located in Kalabahi. In the capital of Alor regency had been available quite a lot of hotels or inns and other public facilities, such as banks, restaurants or restaurant, public phones, post office and demand deposits, and other public facilities. Or if you do not have enough time to return to the Kalabahi, Takpala Village residents are happy to provide their home as a place for you to rest.

Access to Alor is now much easier. From Kupang, the capital of the Province of NTT, the available aircraft to fly to Alor which operates five times a week. In fact, there is also a carrier aircraft serving the route from Surabaya and Jakarta to Mali Airport in Alor. As for you who choose to travel via sea route, you can use the ferry service. Service vessels from Kupang to Alor available twice in seminggu.Setelah arrived in Kalabahi, the capital of Alor regency, you can continue the journey to Takpala village using a motorcycle taxi bicycle. The distance between Kalabahi with Takpala is about 13 miles that can be taken within 20 minutes to 30 minutes. If you choose a ride public transportation, you can depart from Terminal and take the bus Kalabahi Bukapiting majors,

then fell in overtime Takalelang Village West. From here you can directly go to the Takpala village with motorcycle motorcycle taxi ride or walk away. Although not as popular as other international tourism in Indonesia, but the objects of tourism in Alor District, including Traditional Village Takpala, have been regularly visited by foreign tourists. For this reason, the Government of Alor District constantly strives to improve the promotion and publicity which accompanied the increase infrastructure facilities to support tourism in Alor.

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