"Saga traditional village" Ende Things to Do Tip by theo1006

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  Saga village head with newly made ancestor effigy
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  • Saga village head with newly made ancestor effigy - Ende
      Saga village head with newly made ancestor effigy
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  • Stairs in traditional village Saga - Ende
      Stairs in traditional village Saga
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  • The grave of a dog in Saga - Ende
      The grave of a dog in Saga
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  • The man wo disappeared climbing a tree - Ende
      The man wo disappeared climbing a tree
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  • Women - Ende
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It was not on the tourist map yet, but we were directed to Saga village by an employee of the Tourist Office. The village is better preserved than more popular Wolotopo and as easily accessed. Our guide reported to the village head, by name of Melchior Maksi, who then took his time to show us around.

The people living in Saga belong to the Lio tribe, a mountain tribe as contrasted to the Ende tribe living at the coast and in Wolotopo. Indeed Saga is built on a steep slope, and walking around one needs to negotiate some ingenious stairs.

Not everything is original in the village. Among the traditional houses lie equally traditional graves, made of natural rock. But some graves are tiled, a modernization. Said mr Maksi: I do not allow people to make such modern graves any more.
Saga was much damaged by the 1992 earthquake, but the traditional houses have been restored including their peculiar wood-carvings. One house shows women's breasts on both sides of the door, guess which are the breasts of a maiden and which those of a mother. The men's meeting house (where Helen was not allowed in) also was remade, as was the 100 year old wooden ancestor effigy which had been stolen.

Mr Maksi also told some legends kept alive by the village. The most curious was about the sacred grave said to be the grave of a dog, whose human daughter lives in Holland..... Well, it is something that because of this belief the Saga people - unlike most other people in Flores - do not eat dog meat. Another story was about an ancestor who climbed a coconut tree and disappeared. He never came down but subsequently people found bamboo containers full of gold at the spot. This story is illustrated in the wood-carvings.

Address: Saga village, Detusoko district, Ende regency.
Directions: Go 21 km along the road to Detusoko and Moni, then take the turnoff right for 3 km. This road has been well-surfaced in connection with an Earth Warmth Energy Project.

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Oct 22, 2011
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