The dry and mountainous island of Sumba or Sumba belongs to the Lesser Sunda Islands of Indonesia. In colonial times it was also called Sandelhou Island by the Dutch. It measures 210 km by 40 km and has an area of ​​11,052 km².
Sumba has a unique culture with its own traditions and beliefs. This belief is called Marapu. Death plays an important role in this. When a person or animal dies, the inhabitants of the island believe that the deceased enter a new, invisible world. From this other world they can still influence our world. This is why they try to bury the deceased as rich as possible, to ensure that they are not adversely affected. At the funeral, therefore, many animals are slaughtered and belongings are buried with them. If you have a chance to attend a funeral at Sumba, we definitely recommend that you experience it.