Tarik Batukubur

Community customs in the Southwest Sumba district are classified as rare and unique despite its continuous practice in every village – a part of these traditional village customs is Tarik BatuKubur. This event is carried out with the intention of preparing the grave for those who have died. It is considerably expensive and only economically capable citizens can afford it. The high cost of this event is attributed to the custom that traditional activities first have to be carried out by the sacrifice of pigs, buffalos and chickens to the god Marapu. Furthermore, organizing parties must provide food and beverages for those participating in BatuKubur. The number of people participating often times reach the hundreds and lasts for several days because the Batu is large and heavy.
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Once, Kodi was an area in South West Sumba that did this attraction regularly

MENGENAI Tarik Batukubur

Community customs in the Southwest Sumba district are classified as rare and unique despite its continuous practice in every village – a part of these traditional village customs is Tarik BatuKubur. This event is carried out with the intention of preparing the grave for those who have died. It is considerably expensive and only economically capable citizens can afford it. The high cost of this event is attributed to the custom that traditional activities first have to be carried out by the sacrifice of pigs, buffalos and chickens to the god Marapu. Furthermore, organizing parties must provide food and beverages for those participating in BatuKubur. The number of people participating often times reach the hundreds and lasts for several days because the Batu is large and heavy. 

The BatuKubur is pulled into the village to be designed with shapes and carvings typical of Sumbanese culture using chisels. Then the deceased will be buried with or in the BatuKubur during a party with family and attendees where they sacrifice dozens of buffalos or pigs .

Tarik BatuKubur does not take place at any given time or place and depends on whether or not the deceased comes from an economically capable family.  

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