Megalithic Tombs of Sumba
Elaborately carved tomb along road in Kodi region
Although megalithic cultures are a thing of the past in most of the world, these traditions are alive and well in many remote Indonesian islands from Nias to Sulawesi to Flores to Sumba. Of these islands, Sumba is – without a doubt – megalith central. Thousands upon thousands of monstrous stone tombs dot the island. They are literally everywhere.
Even today, megalithic tombs are an important (and exorbitantly expensive) part of the death rituals in Sumba. While archaeologists theorize about the construction of famous sites such as Stonehenge or Gigantia, the people of Sumba are actively building their megalithic masterpieces. We’ve put together a small collection of some of the more interesting tombs, both old and new, that we’ve found while exploring the surrounding countryside.
Interesting tomb design in Weiyuli(?) village
just behind Praigoli in Wanokaka region
Tomb along coast near Ratenggaro in Kodi region
200-year-old Watu Kajiwa tomb in
Praigoli, Wanokaka region
Typical table-style tomb in Waikabubak
Modern tomb along road in Wanokaka region