Stone Jumping (Nias, Indonesia) - a ritual where local young men, in their traditional clothes, jump over a stack or rocks (more than 2m high). This ritual signifies a young man's step toward adulthood.

Stone Jumping (Nias, Indonesia) - a ritual where local young men, in their traditional clothes, jump over a stack or rocks (more than high). This ritual signifies a young man's step toward adulthood.

Indonesia | A man's neck ring from Nias | Coconut shell and brass | 20th century | A symbol of high prestige, this neck ring was worn only by men who had killed an enemy and brought his head back to the village, thereby attracting protective forces to his community.

Neck ring from Indonesia Indonesia Coconut shell and brass century A symbol of high prestige, this neck ring was worn only by men who had killed an enemy and brought his head back to the village, thereby attracting protective forces to his community.

Traditional House Nias with Earthquake Resistant - The Fact Of Indonesia

Having a traditional house is a sign of success, prosperity, maturity and social status of its owner. Buildings that are strung together

Afulu Retreat, a relaxed beach bungalow set-up run by locals on the west-coast of North Nias. Nias Island, Indonesia. This is the perfect base for surfers and travelers exploring this part of Nias. www.northniastourism.com. Photo by Arlene Bax.

Afulu Retreat, a relaxed beach bungalow set-up run by locals on the west-coast of North Nias. Nias Island, Indonesia. This is the perfect base for surfers and travelers exploring this part of Nias. www.northniastourism.com. Photo by Arlene Bax.

Stone jumping is one of the most famous cultural practises on Nias Island. The jump used to be an initiation for warriors. Today it is still practised in a few traditional villages in the south. Bawömataluo village, South Nias. #Indonesia. Photo by Bjorn Svensson. www.visitniasisland.com

Stone jumping is one of the most famous cultural practises on Nias Island. The jump used to be an initiation for warriors. Today it is still practised in a few traditional villages in the south. Bawömataluo village, South Nias. #Indonesia. Photo by Bjorn Svensson. www.visitniasisland.com

Hombo Batu, Nias Tribe (Southern Nias, Indonesia) - The skipping stones tradition. The stones are composed; 2 meters height dan 40 centimeters thickness. This tradition is held to test the agility and the maturity of their youth.

The Amazing Stone Jumpers of Nias Island, Indonesia. Hombo Batu or Stone Jumping is an ancient ritual of Nias Island, North Sumatra, with young men leaping over stone walls over two-meters tall.

A traditional Nias welcome during Sidang Raya opening ceremony. Hilimaziaya, North Nias Regency, Nias Island, Indonesia. Photo by Bjorn Svensson. www.northniastourism.com

A traditional Nias welcome during Sidang Raya opening ceremony. Hilimaziaya, North Nias Regency, Nias Island, Indonesia. Photo by Bjorn Svensson. www.northniastourism.com

Sibaranun Island, Pulau-Pulau Batu, Nias - Indonesia

Say No More - Pulau Sibaranun, Pulau-Pulau Batu

In the south of Nias there are several villages where traditional architecture…

In the south of Nias there are several villages where traditional architecture…

Resort Latitude Zero, Telo Islands. Crystal clear equatorial waters.        Image_ Mick Curley  www.mickcurleyphotography.com

Resort Latitude Zero offers surfing holidays in western Indonesia(Telo Isl. Also available are Mentawai surf charters.

Asu Beach | Aaron Chang     www.aaronchang.com

Asu Beach

"A perfect deserted beach in the remote island of Asu in the Indian Ocean. Part of the Indonesian 1000 island nation

Traditional dance performance at the Nias Heritage Museum (Museum Pusaka Nias) in Gunungsitoli. The performers are wearing clothes made of bark and plant fibers. These types of clothes were commonly worn on Nias before local people started to use textiles that was bougth from passing ships. Photo by Bjorn Svensson. www.visitniasisland.com

Traditional dance performance at the Nias Heritage Museum (Museum Pusaka Nias) in Gunungsitoli. The performers are wearing clothes made of bark and plant fibers. These types of clothes were commonly worn on Nias before local people started to use textiles that was bougth from passing ships. Photo by Bjorn Svensson. www.visitniasisland.com

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