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by A Total TaiTai Tale

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Day 6 – October 26

While we enjoyed the megapolis that was Ende we hadn’t quite arrived at our final destination so after a decadent night at our luxury hotel we took the road again and drove the 60kms, which took more than 1 hour and half (no highway in the Indonesian mountains!) to reach Kelimutu… home of the 3 colors crater lake.

En route we stopped to admire the ricefield, hardly a first for us but always impressive.

There are some rice fields that are specific to the region but unfortunately not on our near our path (more like opposite our path): The Lingko Spider Web Rice Fields.

There are the result of the traditional communal agriculture of the indigenous Manggarai people. Centuries ago, the cultivated land, known as lingko, was shared by the entire village. The communal fields were circular, with the lodok at the center, where ceremonial rituals were held around the harvest.

Each family was allocated a segment of the rice field, radiating from the center outward. (Each was inaugurated by the sacrifice of a water buffalo.) The more resources a family had, the larger their slice of the pie; at the time, the rice fields were shaped like pie charts. Later, the paddies were further subdivided by the decedents of the original owners, leading to the striking, web-like shape of the lingko today.

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