The Enchanting Bena Village of Flores

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The 9 distinguishing levels in the village of Bena symbolize the 9 different sub-ethnic groups, which is built from north to south, with its entrance due north.  The view of the village is best taken from the highest point due south bordering a deep valley, which makes this a most beautiful setting for the village of Bena

The 9 distinguishing levels in the village of Bena symbolize the 9 different sub-ethnic groups, which is built from north to south, with its entrance due north. The view of the village is best taken from the highest point due south bordering a deep valley, which makes this a most beautiful setting for the village of Bena

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Bena sits in an area covering 375 meters long and 80 meters wide right on the slopes of Mt. Inerie (2,245 meters asl). Here, 9 different sub-ethnic groups live in 45 houses. The village is only 18 kilometers from Bajawa, the capital city of the district of Ngada.

Bena sits in an area covering 375 meters long and 80 meters wide right on the slopes of Mt. Inerie (2,245 meters asl). Here, 9 different sub-ethnic groups live in 45 houses. The village is only 18 kilometers from Bajawa, the capital city of the district of Ngada.

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To Bena villagers, Mt. Inerie is the natural resting place of female ancestors, called bhaga -  and the abode of their god Zeta. The mountain is best visited during June to August when the sky is mostly clear so climbers can see both the Savu Sea and Bajawa at the same time from the same place.

To Bena villagers, Mt. Inerie is the natural resting place of female ancestors, called bhaga - and the abode of their god Zeta. The mountain is best visited during June to August when the sky is mostly clear so climbers can see both the Savu Sea and Bajawa at the same time from the same place.

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The 9 distinguishing levels in the village of Bena symbolize the 9 different sub-ethnic groups, which is built from north to south, with its entrance due north.  The view of the village is best taken from the highest point due south bordering a deep valley, which makes this a most beautiful setting for the village of Bena

The 9 distinguishing levels in the village of Bena symbolize the 9 different sub-ethnic groups, which is built from north to south, with its entrance due north. The view of the village is best taken from the highest point due south bordering a deep valley, which makes this a most beautiful setting for the village of Bena

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Bhaga is the female ancestors’ resting place. Unlike the ngadhu, a bhaga is structured just like a miniature house, where the bridegroom is formally received. Every house including a bhaga is traditionally carved, which is known as weti.

Bhaga is the female ancestors’ resting place. Unlike the ngadhu, a bhaga is structured just like a miniature house, where the bridegroom is formally received. Every house including a bhaga is traditionally carved, which is known as weti.

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The village of Bena is claimed to have existed since 1,200 years ago. The people living in the village have maintained the megalithic character of the village. Bena is the oldest sub-ethnic group and is therefore placed at the center of the village.

The village of Bena is claimed to have existed since 1,200 years ago. The people living in the village have maintained the megalithic character of the village. Bena is the oldest sub-ethnic group and is therefore placed at the center of the village.

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The village of Bena is claimed to have existed since 1,200 years ago. The people living in the village have maintained the megalithic character of the village. Bena is the oldest sub-ethnic group and is therefore placed at the center of the village.

The village of Bena is claimed to have existed since 1,200 years ago. The people living in the village have maintained the megalithic character of the village. Bena is the oldest sub-ethnic group and is therefore placed at the center of the village.

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Children are the center of happiness. His looks speak more than a local language and a dialect. His face speaks of innocence and universal hope, while playing soccer as his favorite game

Children are the center of happiness. His looks speak more than a local language and a dialect. His face speaks of innocence and universal hope, while playing soccer as his favorite game

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Above the uppermost part of the village, visitors can take in the idyllic view and save it in the digital camera to recall the experience and share the story with the world

Above the uppermost part of the village, visitors can take in the idyllic view and save it in the digital camera to recall the experience and share the story with the world

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To Bena villagers, Mt. Inerie is the natural resting place of female ancestors, called bhaga -  and the abode of their god Zeta. The mountain is best visited during June to August when the sky is mostly clear so climbers can see both the Savu Sea and Bajawa at the same time from the same place.

To Bena villagers, Mt. Inerie is the natural resting place of female ancestors, called bhaga - and the abode of their god Zeta. The mountain is best visited during June to August when the sky is mostly clear so climbers can see both the Savu Sea and Bajawa at the same time from the same place.

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