"Water - Health - Environment"

Monday, November 22, 2010

TRADITIONAL CEREMONY ON WATER SOURCE NATARBORA

THE ADAT CEREMONY BEFORE STARTING THE WATER REHABILITATION IN BARIQUE - NATARBORA

THURSDAY, 2 SEPT 2010. 07.00Am – 18.00 pm

THERE IS NO GMF AND GOUF REGULAR MEETING ON THE DAY.

Gathering or mobilizing lia nain

On the 1st of September 2010, one day before the adat ceremony, GMF, GOUF and Lia Nain discuss the preparation for the ceremony. They talk about the time, how to mobilize people to intake, equipments, who to involve and delegates tasks among Lia nain)

In Uma Liurai

On the 2nd of September 2010, at 08.00am the group (APLIMENTEC, GMF, two GOUF, youth representatives, representatives of the King of Barique – Natarbora, some community members and Lia nain are gathering in Uma Liurai (House of the King). The group later meets with the King to pray to God and their ancestors for blessing and protection during the process of water rehabilitation. According to the tradition, all Lia nain must obtain blessing from the King before doing such a big traditional ceremony. All lia nain including APLIMENTEC, members of GMF, members of two GOUF, youth representatives, representatives of the King of Barique – Natarbora and some community members were given Malus and Bua Lulik (traditional sacred foods to chew) before heading to intake for the ceremony.

Preparing Sasan Lulik

At around 11.00 am the group and all Sasan Lulik (Bamboo, Pigs, Malus and Bua Lulik, other foods and traditional alcohol drinks) are transported to the river, where everyone makes more Adat preparation before going to intake.

Going to intake

At 13.00pm the group leaves to intake with Sasan Lulik. It takes about one and a half hour before reach intake. It should be faster than one and a half hour without carrying Sasan Lulik.

Adat ceremony in intake

The Adat ceremony is done in intake at around 14.30pm. During the process of adat ceremony two pigs were killed as offers to be nain (the misthical water guard). After the adat ceremony, a first symbolizing stone is put in the location of intake to mark the start of the water rehabilitation, witnessed by APLIMENTEC, members of GMF, members of two GOUF, youth representatives, representatives of the King of Barique – Natarbora and some community members.

Eat together

At around 16.00pm the team is back already to the river with the dead pigs. Women and some lia nain prepare the food for the team. According to the tradition, the pork is cooked without ingredients. At around 17.00 the team eat together to mark the end of adat ceremony.