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The second important ceremony is "Deke Kawukku" (Fixing The Day) for the major ceremony to be held at the end of the sacred month.
The date is not fixed until the full moon has appeared in the sky. Then there is a meeting of the leading priests to decide on the date.
They still need supernatural forces to confirm their decision so they send off a posse of priests on horseback to the sacred grove of Ubu Pede to get approval.
For Deke Kawukku the men and the horses are all dressed up in special colorful clothes and set off on their mission.
Traditionally no-one was allowed to follow them or even to look at them, but these days the rule is that everyone must stand back 10 metres and watch from a distance.
But i managed to jump on the back of a young men's scooter and we followed the horses all the way and stayed approx 10 mtrs behind them, it was a real thrill and great experience, as i was the only photographer at this scene!

Celebrations in the village continue right through the night many special dances and songs that have to be sung. This is followed by a 4 day rest before they dance again.

More info at : http://ingetjetadros.photoshelter.com/gallery/Wulla-Podu-The-Sacred-Month/G0000QR_ngPAnQrg/C0000LCZhkAMvsPw
Weetabara | Tarung Village | Sumba, Indonesia, 2011
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