Husu Matak Malirin Tradition of Belu Regency, East Nusa Tenggara Province


People have a different preference when it comes to a vacation. Some of them are interested in visiting a beautiful country like Indonesia, though. In the east part of the nation, they can find a stunning destination called East Nusa Tenggara Province. It is the home of Belu Regency and other majestic regions, actually. For those visiting Belu, they can find many impressive natural attractions and various types of unique traditions. In this case, we’ll talk about Husu Matak Malirin Tradition! For the information, this unique ceremony is done by people who live in Mandeu Village of Rai Manuk Sub-District.

The Nuance
In a nutshell, the Indonesian locals perform Husu Matak Malirin tradition in order to look for blessing from the ancestors. To be exact, it is done by Laka Amanas Tribe who live in the Peak of Mandeu Mountain! It is, without a doubt, these people are into their local tradition. They even have passed down such tradition through generations. This explains many tourists are interested in doing so. What about the nuance? It is considered solemn and sacred due to the fact that the ceremony is done in the mountain. Tourists also need to spend much stamina to get to the site, in fact.

Exploring Husu Matak Malirin Tradition
As mentioned before, Husu Matak Malirin ceremony has one purpose which is to look for a blessing. That means the locals may hope for both fortune and fertility in the future. For the information, these people live in a separate village so tourists must know the direction before heading to the location. Therefore, it is quite recommended to hire a tour guide when going to Mandeu Village.

At the beginning of this Indonesia’s ceremony, villagers prepare some animals including chicken and pigs. They may use these animals as an offering, after all. The destination is none other than the top of the mountain, so it takes both time and stamina to get to the location. This also explains why the locals call the activity as Sa’e Foho or a journey in the mountain. The good thing is that tourists or visitors are allowed to join the ceremony and even take pictures!

For those who never visit Mandeu Village, it is quite recommended to hire a tour guide first. The purpose is to find out the exact date of the event. Usually, it is done annually or whenever the head of the village got an instruction from the ancestors through a dream. As for the offering, it differs based on the preference of the locals. It can be small animals like pigs and chickens or big ones like cows or buffalos.

Nearby Attraction

  • Adipura Monument
  • Pancasila Monument
  • Atambua City Park

How to Get There
For those coming from Kupang City, they must find the best local transportation service and head to Rai Manuk Sub-District right away. The next destination is none other than Mandeu Village where the ceremony is held. The distance is 277 km, so the trip may take around 6 hours and 22 minutes. It even involves a short trekking later!

Where to Stay

  • Klaben Hotel
  • Merdeka Inn
  • Kalpataru Inn
  • Liurai Hotel


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