WAE REBO....The Village On Top of The Cloud

Wae Rebo is beautiful and amazing village, cover by misty at whole part of village makes Wae Rebo proper as the village on the cloud. As geographycal, this village located at 1,200 m above sea level, and become a part of Satar Lenda village, Satarmese, West Manggarai District - Flores.

Wae Rebo...the small village that have a million of enchantment and the meaning of life should be prouded properly, small village that have been known by the world than Indonesia itself, has been famous first than Indonesia itself. Please come to Wae Rebo with heart honestly and open minded sincerity. It's here where the meaningfull of simplicity will be found with self exploration and more understanding to be understood the meaning of life.

Isolate situation from noisy of the city, Wae Rebo has became tourist fascinating, especially foreigners. Here, we will be presented with local poeple harmonization and local wisdom that still in heading toward, which everybody will friendly accost and sweetest of smile. Local wisdom of the people that still living with their nature dependence is also become a great presentation for everybody who visiting this village. One of the most local wisdom to take a good care is and hold thigtly is Mbaru Niang, a traditional houses with cones forming, circle and centered at the middle believed as a symbol of brotherhoodness that will never the end and their ancestors as the central. In reality, Wae Rebo people never forget their ancestor and poured in idiom neka hemong kuni agu kalo which it meant "never forget for the birth place".

Kampung Di Atas Awan, Wae Rebo memang indah dan menakjubkan, diselimuti oleh kabut tipis di seluruh perkampungan membuat Wae Rebo pantas mendapatkan julukan kampung diatas awan. Secara geografis kampung ini terletak di ketinggian 1.200 m dpl. Wae Rebo bagian dari Desa Satar Lenda, Kecamatan Satarmese, Kabupaten Manggarai Barat, Flores.
Rumah Mbaru Niang, UNESCO memberikan penghargaan Award of Excellence pada acara UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards tahun 2012 di Bangkok untuk proyek konservasi dalam sepuluh tahun terakhir sebagai bangunan yang telah berumur lebih dari lima puluh tahun dengan mengalahkan 42 kandidat dari 11 negara di Asia Pasifik.
Architecture berbentuk kerucut, melingkar dan berpusat di tengah diyakini melambangkan persaudaraan yang tidak pernah putus di Wae Rebo dengan leluhur mereka sebagai titik pusatnya, seperti yang tertuang dalam ungkapan neka hemong kuni agu kalo yang bermakna "jangan lupakan tanah kelahiran"
The Leader, Salah satu yang dilakukan adalah memimpin ritual Pa'u Wae Lu'u dengan tujuan meminta ijin dan perlindungan kepada roh leluhur terhadap tamu yang berkunjung dan tinggal di Wae Rebo hingga tamu tersebut meninggalkan kampung ini dan sampai di tempat asal mereka.
People, Menurut cerita dari mulut ke mulut yang belum bisa dipastikan kebenarannya, diketahui bahwa sekitar seribu tahun yang lalu, orang Minangkabau datang ke Wae Rebo dan menetap disini. Mereka inilah yang menjadi cikal bakal dan nenek moyang orang Wae Rebo.
Activities Sehari-hari warga Wae Rebo merupakan petani kopi dan pengrajin kain tenun cura. Saat ini warga Wae Rebo sedang mengembangkan berkebun sayur mayur. Inilah salah satu bentuk menyatu dengan alam dan hdup bersama di dalamnya tanpa merusak atau mengeksploitasi untuk kepentingan sesaat.
Hand Craft, kerajinan tenun kain cura dan kain songke menjadi ciri khas dari kampung ini dan seringkali dikerjakan oleh ibu-ibu diluar aktifitas yang ada. Kain-kain tersebut menjadi salah satu sumber keuangan administrasi desa dan digunakan kembali untuk mendukung fasilitas desa seperti penyediaan generator listrik.
Trekking Route, menuju Wae Rebo berarti melewati jalur trekking yang panjang dan mendaki (+/- 9 km) dari desa Denge yang merupakan desa terakhir sebelum Wae Rebo. Jalur ini merupakan jalur bagi para penghuni desa Wae Rebo untuk melakukan hubungan dengan pihak luar desa.
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In Manggarai language, Mbaru Niang is drum house because one of the house used to keep "the holy of heritage drum" and "gong" which it is community sacred media to make communication with their ancestors. A big roof made from palm fibre and almost touching the ground is familiar with Honai in Papua, and supported by single wood-post as the center. There is a fireplace inside at the middle house.

There is only seven Mbaru Niang permitted no more or less. It is communal building with six to eight family who lives together in each house, and the rest of people (family) will move on to another village, Kombo village, about 5 km from Wae Rebo and have epithet as the twin of Wae Rebo because the most people of Kombo village from Wae Rebo.

Mbaru Niang architecture is high structure which it is about 15 m and all of it cover by palm fibre. Each house have 5 level inside and made from Worok woods and bamboo which the structure tbundled by rattan as nail substituter. Each level have different name and own function : first level called lutur, its meant tent, it was functioned for living place and family gathering. Second level is lobo, an upper story used to keep food stuff and daily goods needs. Third level called lentar used to keep plantation seeds, such as corn, rice and beans. Fourth level called lempa rae used as the place to keep foods stock in dryness season. The last / fifth level called hekang kode used to keep "langkar", it is bamboo plaiting with square form to keep offering inside and dedicated to ancestor in tradisional ceremony.

Twinned Local Wisdom, Wae Rebo is Old Manggarai Custom village who still out for local wisdom conserve as one of Indonesia culture prosperity. One of the action that always to be done is Pa'u Wae Lu'u ritual. This ritual leaded by clan leader to ask permission and protection from their ancestor spirit for every guest who visit and stayed at Waer Rebo until they living the village. And moreover, this ritual dedicated to all guest when arrived at the place where they coming from. For local people, every tourist or guest who coming to Wae Rebo is family who coming home to the village. Before the ritual fishised, every guest haven't permission yet to do anything include taking a picture. The Wae Rebo clan leader will explain first (briefing) about several actions and attitude that consider as taboo things, such as: prohibition to swear/curse and using bad language, to make romance even in marriage status as long as in Wae Rebo, and a lot of things that become local wisdoms which still in preserve and maintained.

Becomes the international famous village eco-tourism didn't made Wae Rebo people's stood still and hopefully with tourist who coming to support their daily lifes. Coffee and Cura cloth are the best products in supporting their daily lifes. The coffee commodity is Arabika coffee, and cura cloth is wovent cloth handicraft which women as the craftsman in Wae Rebo. This cura cloth have bright and clear motif as its characteristic.

Tourist permitted to join their daily activities and it is good chance to learn any traditional living, such as : joining with womens to crush coffee, or join with mans to pick a coffees, and even more to watching how the ladies mercerize cura cloth in front of their home. At night, every single guest will take a rest in Mbaru Niang with pandanus leaves plaiting as the mattress after talking each other and story telling about Wae Rebo big family life experiences.

The following are another recommended places to Live and Feel the Simplicity :
1. Desa Wisata Malasari, Bogor - West Java
2. Kampung Naga, Tasikmalaya - West Java
3. Penglipuran Village, Bangli - Bali
4. And more.

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