Umbu Koba Village
(Bahasa Indonesia) Delo Village, South Wewewa District
MENGENAI Umbu Koba Village
Umbu Koba is a village site with thirty traditional houses (Uma Kalada) and 33 old tomb stones. The people still maintain the Marapu traditional tradition, its most prominent the Wulla Poddu ritual (self-cleansing characterized by hunting animals in the forest whilst wearing traditional clothing made from bark).
The rules applied in the WullaPoddu period are unique; for a full month, the WulaPoddu community is not allowed to carry out parties, events, or burials. If any of the villagers pass away, the family is not allowed a burial untul the period is over. The body is stored behind the house and relatives are not permitted to cry.
Those who violate these rules will be fined in the form of animals and betelnut as an apology to the khalik. However, residents rarely violate rules because they are afraid of the curse of the god Marapu. The village also has a wooden statue called Gelu Riga Tana that is considered sacred in the form of a man located in the middle of the village. The village is located in the cool and beautiful mountains near unspoiled indigenous forests.