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Fahombo : What You Need to Know about This Traditional Sport

1. Fahombo is a mixture of sport and ritual belongs to Nias people in North Sumatra, Indonesia.

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2. Fahombo is believed to exist since Megalithic era. In the past sport was part of the ritual and not as a leisure entity.

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3. At first, this sport was designated for men who will become a warrior since at those time war is likely to happen between each tribe.

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4. To be a good warrior they needed to jump over a rock with pyramid shape without touching it. This rock has 2 meters height and 40 centimeters thickness. Why is jump necessary? Well in the old times the warriors will jump to the enemy’s fortress and attack them to gain victory.

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5. If they can jump and land perfectly, they will be entitled as samu’iba mbanua or la’imba hor.

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6. For this purpose, the Nias men have practiced since they are seven years old. They used to jump using a rope which height will increase time after time.

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7. Nowadays you still can see this traditional sport being practiced as a part of their maturity rituals especially when they want to get married since it’s considered prestigious.

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