Rare TRADITIONAL RITUAL
Nua Ka is Almost Extinct
After 85 years of waiting, the awaited event finally arrived. Ka Nua, traditional rituals inauguration of the villages in Pali Analoka, Nenuwea Village, District Jerebu'u, Ngada District, Flores, East Nusa Tenggara, held on 29 June to 2 July 2010.
These rituals are very rare. Besides implemented once and for all, this ritual is also the highest hierarchy in the manner customary banquet Bajawa.
A new village worthy of being part of life Bajawa tradition if it has been running this ritual. However, the stages that must be met may take decades. For example, at Pali Analoka, villages covering an area of 1,000 square meters with a population of 180 people it has 12 custom homes. The 12-custom homes it must first inaugurated with the ritual Ka Sao, there was a ritual Ka Nua.
Villages that was inaugurated by Ka Nua village called perfect. In customary tradition Bajawa described as sadho Inerie Leba Suru male. That is, perfection has been achieved of being able to reach the summit of Mount Inerie, the highest mountain in Bajawa.
"Today all the villages in the region has been generally endorsed Bajawa tradition. Therefore, it is difficult watching Ka Nua, "said Yoseph Godho, son Chieftains Loka.
Mosalaki (Chairman Traditional) Analoka Piet Wago (84) justify the ritual Ka Nua very rare. From childhood until now he had never seen Ka Nua. Wago Piet said, the implementation of Ka Nua to Pali Analoka already diwasiatkan grandfather, Djata Begu, before dying in 1976.
The ritual was attended by at least 1,000 people with 20 buffaloes and 120 slaughtered pigs.
The first show, June 29, is uma Moni (open new fields). Next nuka pare Wole Medo (take the harvest from the garden to the traditional house), and slope of Kada-colonial bhaga Raju (the inauguration of the mini houses in the village center which is a symbol laki-laki/ngadhu and female / bhaga). Then do the todo districts keri (cutting grass to signify the traditional house was inaugurated). Lastly, the ritual Roko eye (slaughtering buffalo as an offering to honor the ancestors).
According to Olaf H Smedal, Associate Professor University of Bergen, Norway, who studied in Ngada for his doctoral thesis entitled Making Place: Houses, Land and Relationships Among the Ngadha, Central Flores, Analoka tribe inhabiting the village of Pali Analoka around the year 1930.
Nua Ka scarcity raises concerns the implementation of the extinction of these traditional rituals. When Compass asked this team, tribal Analoka, Adrianus Dewaloke, said, the head of customs (mosalaki) refused to documenting the stages of traditional rituals, prayers, and ethnic musical instruments. The reason, will bequeath a supernatural ancestor to the heir to the position mosalaki.
"I had offers to write a history of tribal Analoka to record what is spoken mosalaki, but my proposal was rejected. The reason, knowledge of the ancestors will be lost or can not get out. However, in traditional rituals, the inspiration of the ancestors will flow by itself into mosalaki, "said Adrian.
Nua Ka also serves as a glue tribal kinship. In the ritual, those who live far away, like in Kupang, Sumba, Bali, Madura, Jakarta, Medan and even, will come to the village.
Their arrival was greeted with typical dances Bajawa, ja'i, to the accompaniment of local ethnic music called go (gong) income (drums). Ja'i dancers, both male and female, wearing a woven fabric complete with accessories, including fabric which crossed at the chest, long lace small bag.
The relatives who brought fruit in the form of an animal's hand when she reached the main door of Village Pali Analoka will perform sa ngasa, or cried the sentences about the importance of maintaining kinship, through stories.
When the buffalo will be deducted for banquets, performed rituals sau base, wetting accompanied by the machete with pig blood containing the request for prayer by mosalaki protection to the ancestors.
Romo Bernadus Sebho Pr, parish priest of St. Paul Jerebu'u in Kampung Bu'u, Dariwali Village, District Jerebu'u, argue, cost Ka Nua is estimated at USD 700 million may actually be reduced.
Time costs can be used to repair the village roads, providing clean water, and electricity without waiting for government assistance.
Instead, according to Joseph Godho, banquet was important to tie silaturhim relatives. In addition, the tribe Analoka believes, buffalo blood soaked village land would make the land fertile and productive.