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Pasola
 
Pasola held in Western part of Sumba once a year. It is held in several villages by turn, it starts first in Lamboaya and Kodi area on February. Whilst Wanokaka helds Pasola on March. Pasola is held in a Pasola field watched by all the members of Kabisu and Paraingu (Clans and villages) and visitors.

Only man join Pasola. Those who join Pasola have to have two basic skills, to ride horse in full speed without using any saddle and in the same time they have to manage to throw the "hola" spears to their opponent. Pasola is a climax of various animistic rituals of Nyale feast (harvesting sea worm).

Pasola derives from two separate words. Sola or Hola means spear (blunt wood stick) and Pa means game. So, Pasola means the game of throwing spears done by two separate groups of horse riders on the Pasola fields as the climax of Nyale ritual.

Hundreds of horse riders and onlookers from different clans will participate in Pasola Festival. The groups of horse rider will be grouped in two. Each group by turn will run the horse as fast as possible towards the opponent group and throw the spears in hope to strike the opponent either the horse or horse rider.  The fallen horse or horse ridder is not allowed to be attacked.

The tale of Pasola
No one knows when the Pasola firstly held. But there is various tales about Pasola. The well-known one was the version of Waiwuang. Long time ago believed there was three brothers of Ngongo Tau Masusu, Yagi Waikareri and Umbu Dula told their fellow Praingu (village) that they would go fishing for few days but their main intention was to sail to East Sumba to find rice. Time has passed but the three brothers did not appear at the village then the people assumed they are all dead in the sea. The funeral ceremony is held for them.

As time goes on, Rabu Kaba the widow of Umbu Dula fall in love with Teda Gaiparona a man from Kodi. But the love affair is against the local costume. Then the loving couple decided to commit a run away marriage. Teda Gaiparona bring Rabu Kaba to his village in Kodi.

By surprise just few moments after Rabu Kaba left for Kodi, the three brothers returned to village with rices. The fellow villagers welcome them with full of joy. At the same time Umbu Dula ask for his wife. But only to got the answer that Rabu Kaba was taken away by a man from Kodi. Then the three brothers lead the fellow villagers to run after Rabu Kaba. The runaway couple found at the slope of mount Bodu Hula. Unfortunately Rabu Kaba did not want to return to Umbu Dula.

Umbu Dula then asked Teda Gaiparona to compensate the bride price which have been paid to Rabu Kaba's family the demand which agreed by Teda Gaiparona. The marriage between Rabu Kaha then arranged upon the payment of bride price compensation to Umbu Dula. The wedding party also attended by the people of Waiwuang.

Upon completion of the wedding party, the family of Teda Gaiparona then asked the people of Waiwuang to held Nyale ceremony which peaked by Pasola Festival. The festival is proposed to compensate the sadness of the Waiwuang people in the loss of Umbu Dula's wife. Since then the people of Waiwuang held Pasola festival regularly.

The tale teaches people that dispute can be solved through negotiation. Pasola itself is a kind of crisis settlement through "bellum pacificum" - a peaceful war through games. There are opponents, blood and might be death caused by thrown spears. Bloodshed in Pasola game is believed will nourish the soil to give good harvest for the people who held Pasola.

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