Eastern Sumbanese

Sumba is an island in Eastern Indonesia. The people of the eastern two-thirds of the island speak a single language and share a relatively homogeneous culture, while those in the west are more diverse. The indigenous religion of Eastern Sumba centres around beings called Marapu, the divine ancestors of the Sumbanese. Information on this culture is largely drawn from Forth's (1981) ethnography of the traditional Eastern Sumbanese domain of Rindi.