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Fahombo, Traditional Ceremony Toward Maturity

visitkhatulistiwa.com – In various corners of the hemisphere there is always the uniqueness of tradition in marking someone has been called adult. One of them is the Stone Jumping Tradition on Nias Island, North Sumatra-Indonesia. This tradition is also called Fahombo or Hombo Batu.

This tradition of stone jumping arose because of the customs of the people during the tribal wars that had occurred in Nias. It is said that at that time, every battle village had its own fortress to guard their territory. So to attack, it takes special powers to jump over the fortress. They then make stacks of rocks used to train their physical, especially dexterity in jumping.

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Along with the end of the war, stone jump is still done by the people there to become a tradition. This tradition later developed into a ritual or media for the youth to show that he was an adult. This tradition is usually done by the youth by jumping the pile of rocks as high as 2 meters and as thick as 40 cm.

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For the community there, this tradition is interpreted as a process of maturation of men to form a strong and agile characters in life. In addition, if a young man can do it perfectly, it will be a pride for him and his family. Because not all young people can do that directly and must require hard training and long enough time to do it. In addition, to make this stone jump is very high risk, so not infrequently those who succeed will celebrate with customary gratitude.

In its development, Stone Jump Tradition is still preserved until now. Even now the Stone Jump tradition has become one of the cultural symbols of the people of Nias. This tradition is still often done by some villages in Nias. In addition to traditional ceremonies or rituals, Stone Jump Tradition is also one of the attractions of tourists who are visiting there. Source: various sources.

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