It was the first place that I visited during my trip to Kodi a while back, but before myself and Halim went to the village; we visited a tomb area that located just beside the beach.
There are quite a few tombs there, which are for the kings and the descendants.If you have not been to Sumba, you will surprise to see that some of the Sumbanese people have tombs in front of their house (similar to what I found in Samosir Island – North Sumatera). The tomb itself is made from thick stone, and they placed it above the ground. The shape is like a big square block with another big thin large square block as the cover. Then they make hole at the big thick stone as the place to keep the deceased, and sometimes there were not only one person inside that tomb. The unique thing about the tomb is, some of them will have carvings on the surface of the tomb, just like the one in Ratenggaro, e.g. the tomb of the King Rato Pati Leko. His tomb was carved with several things that were also put inside the tomb, as he did not want other people to use his things. Meanwhile at other tomb, there were some ornaments were made and placed on top of the tomb’s cover. These ornaments could represent the wealth status of the person inside the tomb, just like the two tombs located at the opposite of the King’s tomb. These two tombs are the tombs of the Kings’ children. One of the tomb that has ornaments on it is actually the tomb of the kid that was wealthier than the other kid, where there is no ornaments on his tomb. …
The traditional village of Ratenggaro built their home with simple materials. The tilted house has a thatched roof, and they also did not use nail to placed one material with the other, as they only used something like slice of bamboo to bind those materials. The traditional houses in Sumba is usually has a very high roof too, which is very unique.Do not freak out when you see if you see pigs wandering around the village, as they also keep their livestock below their houses.
I heard from the local people who lived there, that there were some visitors who stayed there for a while, just to experience the traditional life of the village. I think these visitors would also love the view from the village as it has a very wonderful view of the lagoon, the beach, and the sea.