Inerie volcano, Ngada

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Over a dozen active volcanoes tower over Flores, and the island’s landscape reflects its fiery origins. Mountains and ravines isolate each village from its neighbors, and this isolation has given rise to astounding diversity: there are five main language groups, countless dialects, and innumerable ethnic and cultural subdivisions. Portuguese Catholicism and Dutch Protestantism mingle with local traditions and an earlier import, Islam. The mixture is unique in every village.

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