Reba Traditional Ceremony


The ceremony is held every new year precisely in January or February with a main course of potato. For the citizens of potato Ngada heralded as a food source that never runs provided by the earth. This traditional ceremony involving several districts, namely Aimere, Bajawa, Mataloko, Jerebu`u and So`a. Each district will take turns to host each year. During the ceremony held dances with dancer holding a long sword (sau) and stick colors at the edges decorated white goat hair (tuba). As a dance is a single-stringed musical instrument rub made from coconut shell or wood pumpkin.

Reba traditional ceremony is usually held for three to four days. Before the ceremonial dances and songs of inculturation Mass held in a church led by a priest or a priest. The ceremony is indeed combines traditional elements with religion. During the ceremony, we can see some of the traditional village featuring chunks of rocks standing.

The day before the celebration began opening ceremony will be held Reba (su`i uwi). That night the show is done eating and drinking together (ka maki Reba) while waiting for the morning. The next morning, residents will be provided with food and beverages (Ngeta you bhagi ngia, mami utu mogo). Before Ceremony Reba be ceremonial o Uwi that dance and singing will be held Mass in church leadership inculturation putter or priest as a blend of traditional customs form with the Catholic religion. There will also be a church choir singing using the local language Ngada. Outside the church, the audience and the dancers will be presented with one or two glasses of wine by local people called the old fig. Reba is not just a party but the rah-rah form of excitement society while maintaining the feel of the spiritual.

Ceremony Reba is one form of society Ngada gratitude to their ancestors. Potato became a main dish in this ceremony because it is for the people Ngada, potatoes are a source of food that will not be depleted provided by the earth so that people Ngada will never experience food shortages. Ngada community familiar with the term Ngadhu and Bhaga. Ngadhu symbolizes male ancestor figure, and Bhaga are female ancestor figure. There is one stone in the village of Bena, where the standing stones are considered to be sacred is ture.

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