Series 3 of 3 about Wakatobi National Park – Indonesia
Everybody knows Indonesia is a country with a lot of varied cultures, languages, and tribes in every corner of this great country. Did you know that Indonesia is the fourth biggest country in size and population next to the United States? On our three part series about Wakatobi, we have shared about the history and major islands of this area which is located in Southeast part of Sulawesi, Indonesia. We also have, in our second part of this series shared about the scuba diving in Wakatobi National Park. This last part of our series we will touch on the tribes of this area.
Bajo Tribe: Bajo tribe are called the boat people because they cannot live far from the sea. They built their house above the sea, and do all of their activities in the sea. Their livelihood is as fisherman. They catch a fish by using traditional methods of using lances. The Bajo tribe live primarily in Wangi-wangi island.
Wakatobi Tribe: Wakatobi is the indigenous tribes in the district of Wakatobi. Wakatobi tribe coexistence with Bajo tribes. They embrace Islam as their religion.
1. Hepatirangga is a tradition of coloring nails by the Wakatobi people. This tradition held in the night of Laylat al-Qadr, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ramadan#Night_of_Power. They color their nails with “daun pacar” or henna leaf. This tradition carried for men or women, young or old. Hepatirangga tradition became a sign that they have been through the night of Laylat al-Qadr and hope to do the same in the coming years.
2. Karia is a tradition for boys or girls who will become teenagers. This tradition came from Kaledupa people. Karia tradition aims to inculcate moral ethics and spiritual values. When Karia tradition are held, there are many traditional dances performed such as the Tamburu dance and Balumpa dance. This tradition also aims to maintain the high moral relationships between human beings.
3. Nuts Mate is a tradition celebrating the search for mates for girls. This tradition came from Wangi-wangi people. The girls will sell peanuts in the month of Ramadan in front of the society houses and along the roadside or places where many of single men gathered.
We hope you have enjoyed this three part series about Wakatobi, Indonesia. I have had the privilege of visiting this area in April of 2014. It was wonderful to meet her people, visit the different islands, and scuba dive for 12 days in this majestic part of Indonesia. Like with any one traveling outside their home country we highly recommend travel medical insurance. I personally hate purchasing insurance that I most probably will never use. However, it is not if I ever will need it in my lifetime but when – so I purchase it in case this trip I will need help from my special medical travel friends. Remember, bad things happen even while you and I are vacationing in the paradises of this world!
There are many parting words I could say about Wakatobi National Park. But I think the best comes from the late Jacques Costeau:
“Wakatobi is the best diving place in the world” Jacques Costeau (Journalists Diving World)