what is Pasola?
In this breath-taking event, hundreds of brave horsemen gather in a circular runway to throw flying spears at each other. Each player tries to use tactics and mostly interacting mockery to win.
They also believe the bloodshed will be an offering to the mother earth to have good produce and life throughout the year.
This is a festival on horseback held every year in four different areas in West Sumba. It is held as a part of greeting the Nyale or sea worms, along the south and west coastal areas. This Pasola event is preceded by the Nyale ritual that takes place on a shore nearby and led by Marapu priest (Rato) at dawn.
Pasola schedules: Pasola will take place in the following areas
Kodi area: the area offers many Sumba villages with traditional houses as high as coconut trees. The following villages are worth including on the program: Parona Baroro, Bondokawangu and Tosi.
Lamboya area: There are beautiful traditional villages and white sand beaches. Such as Kadengar which is located next to the main road. Sodan is located high up on the hill, it is a village where the Rato of Lamboya stayed. To reach the village one have to trek crossing rivers and rice fields.
Wanokaka area: The known village in the area are: Waigali, it is a village where Rato of Wanokaka Pasola stayed. Next to Wanokaka itself is Praigoli village with traditional houses and carved stone tombs.