Trip Start Apr 07, 2012
76Trip End Jan 12, 2013
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There are about 100 people there and nine chiefs - each chief means there is a male umbrella like hut as well as a female - not hut looking hut built in remembrance of their ancestors
For social status the villagers slaughter a Water Buffalo or pig for a festival feasts - the antlers and jaw bows then adorn their front porch showing with pride their hard work and sacrifices. They say if asked that there are 100,000 people from the village. This counts ancestors as well and those living elsewhere who are sure to flood home for the festivals.
The day I visited there would be a festival for the celebration of re-roofing one of the homes. The villagers were busy cutting a new bamboo frame and binding piles of grass to reconstruct a roof that lasts up to 35 years. Missionaries arrived here long ago to bring Catholicism though it is mixed with their traditional animism beliefs. For instance the belief that the village as a whole was once a ship - it sailed in from the sea and was blocked from further progress by the mountain in front so their it stopped and grew roots. The water is long gone but for the sea you can see off in the distance from the back end of the village.
The ladies were weaving on rudimentary looms and spinning wheels. And found drying in the sun around the village is coffee beans, cocoa seeds, cloves, bay leaves and bundles of cinnamon and vanilla pods were for sale.