'Pa' means game, and 'sola' means spear. This traditional Sumbanese game of spears is so ancient its date of origin is uncertain. It's played by men with great skill in horse riding and spear throwing, who are divided by their ancestral tribe or region. The game has symbolic meaning, where the aim is to hit the opponent and draw blood. According to legend it's necessary for blood to be spilt in order to ensure successful harvest and fertility for the whole of Sumba. A long time ago the spears were sharpened but are now dulled, as its underlying purpose is to be a medium for maintaining peace and settling disputes. For onlookers it's also an event for socializing and making friends.
2/4/2016 06:35:22 am
It is something one can see on the discovery channel! It amazes me how in this century, people in other parts of the world are still living as they did thousands of years ago. Great pictures!! I am looking forward to your next update..
2/5/2016 01:53:01 am
Haha it's definitely along those lines, they stay true to their original culture. Thank you, keep reading!
3/20/2020 06:59:42 pm
This blog really motivated me to go travel. I know that it is quite hard to do that with my schedule, but I can probably manage. If you ask me, there are people who are just not good with time management. I have worked harder than anyone, and I deserve a vacation. I hope that it can be done in this week, I really do need a vacation to just go and release all of the stress that I have.
2/4/2016 08:08:31 am
Great experience, Mike! And the way you describe it, we can even feel you fear and excitement! Just please, be careful! We love you, Michael and miss you very much!
2/5/2016 04:31:42 am
Don't worry, I'll be careful. Love you and miss you too!
2/4/2016 08:25:55 am
Mike it so colorfull pictures and som experience but don't go for the final it very dangerous . This people don't care about anything they want blood . Please be careful . We love you very much, Dida & Baba
2/5/2016 04:37:49 am
I definitely have to go again, it'll be at a different field. They're not bloodthirsty, it's just part of the cultural tradition to play the game. Everything will be okay, love you.
10/6/2022 01:12:26 pm
Newspaper tend water team. Lead issue great right.
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Before University of Colorado at Boulder I lived in Bali, Indonesia for two years and studied sustainable business at the Green School. I decided to leave Colorado in pursuit of another adventure, one that deserves to be documented every step of the way.