Rumah Adat

rumah_adat.jpgEach village has a rumah adat or “traditional house”, used for storing traditional heirlooms. The one in Longgar has sadly been modernized when the visiting Chinese bupati (regent) of Aru expressed his dismay at the traditional, tatched structure, but the one in neighbouring Aparra remains authentic. The one in Mesian is similar, but much smaller.
The rumah adat tend to be locked up most of the time, but a polite request to have a look inside will usually work. The one in Longgar may now be modern as a building, but has the finest collection of traditional heirlooms inside. These include several pieces of antique porcelain, huge, old gongs, and even an elephant tusk that made its way here all the way from Sumatra or India.

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