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.
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
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