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January 2, 2012

Kampung Bena, The Heritage of Megalith in Indonesia

Kampung Bena or in English called as Bena village is megalith village in Indonesia which is located on Tiwuriwu village, Aimara region, Ngada disctrict, East Nusa Tenggara province. By 1995, Kampung Bena has officially declared as UNESCO Heritage Site and it attract more people to curious more about this unique place.  Yeah, Kampung Bena is very different than any other tourism object in Indonesia and actually it’ve been favourite destination for Italian and Germany tourist.

Kampung Bena is estimated to have existed 1200 years ago. It is situated on a hilltop which Mountain Inerie is appear and became another attractionfor the tourist. It located in the hilltop is the hallmark of the old society devotee of the mountain as the place of the Gods. According to villager, they believe in the existence of Yeta, the god who stay in this mountain and protect the villagers. 

Kampung Bena currently comprises about 40 houses which is surround each other. This village is purely tradition and not touched by technology advances. The architecture of the building is still very simple which is prove by having only once entry gateway for exit, located in the north of village. The shape of Kampung Bena is similar like boat because based on Megalith trust, boat was considered have a connection with a vehicle for the soul to their home. Until now, the pattern of life and culture of its people has not changed much. Where people still adhere to traditions handed down by their ancestors. It’s sounds like something ancient and interesting place to visited in this modern era.


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