TRADITION HUNTED WHALES IN LAMALERA


Hunt whale in the village of Lamalera, Lembata District, East Nusa Tenggara Province, Indonesia, has become a tradition for generations since the 16th century when the ancestors of the Lamalera occupy the village.
This tradition has delivered Lamalera village that is known the world community. Hunt whale is not an easy task because it requires effort and determination in the fight in the middle of the ocean. The hunt whale, the fishermen Lamalera just using traditional tools, the wooden boats and spears. Hunting whale tradition runs from May 1 through October 31 every year. Preparation ritual begins on April 29, with the implementation of the rite among fishermen with landlords in the Rock Pope. On May 1, Opening Mass held for the blessing of the equipment to hunt whales. The hunt whale, the fishermen sometimes dragged down the middle of Savu Sea even to Australia. Although the challenge is severe, the fishermen Lamalera persisted until the whale can be conquered and brought to shore. Whale meat is distributed to the entire population according to a family member services representative in the hunt whale. Besides meat, whale oil used as massage oil, medicinal materials, and fuel for the kerosene lamp. The village Lamalera now has become one of tourist destinations. Every year, many tourists from abroad who came to watch the hunt whale.

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