Sumba

Ceremonial dancers, Lambanapu

Ceremonial dancers, Lambanapu
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Every element of Sumbanese life is layered with symbolism and allusion. The posts and joints of a Sumbanese house represent parts of the human body; the number of posts and the order of their construction invoke the order of the universe, and constitute a prayer for fulfillment. Simple actions like parting the hair or sweeping the house contribute to a search for balance and completeness that dominates Sumbanese ritual life.