BootsnAll Travel Network

Planet Mole

Indonesia in Focus

Preserving a Hairy Tradition: Maria, West Nusa Tenggara

Username By Barrie | October 22nd, 2007 | Comments 1 Comment »

mini-hairy-tradition.jpgWhile fewer Indonesian women are choosing to keep their hair long these days, women in one village in West Nusa Tenggara are hanging on to their long locks to preserve an old tradition. Maria village is located some 35 kilometers from Raba, the capital city of Bima regency. Most women in the village sport hair stretching at least to their hips, while some have hair stretching down as far as their calves. According to tradition, Maria women must not cut their hair before they are married. Once married they are free to do as they choose, but most women find it hard to part with their hair and decide to leave it long.

Many women in the village use traditional hair care products rather than more modern and easier alternatives.
Most believe that using natural ingredients keeps their hair black, thick and beautiful.

“It is not easy to take care of long hair, but we have to in the name of tradition,” Hasnah, 20, said.

Hasnah and her friends gather most Saturday nights to exchange hair care tips.

While shampoo and conditioner is readily available at several small kiosks in the village, most women rarely stray from traditional and natural ingredients, including candlenut, tamarind and mango.

Even Maria women who have moved away from the village to study or for work generally continue to preserve the tradition of having long hair.

“I sometimes wash my hair with shampoo when I’m studying in Mataram, but I much prefer to use natural ingredients, especially when I go home to my village,” said Nur, 23, who is studying at Mataram University.

Maria village is becoming an increasingly popular destination among domestic and foreign tourists, who wish to see the spectacular landscape and the long hair of Maria women.

HM Yasin, an anthropologist from Wawo district, said Maria women had maintained this tradition for hundreds of years.

“This tradition is to promote motherly instincts among Maria women,” said Yasin, adding that Maria residents originally came from Southeast Sulawesi.

Panca Nugraha

If you found "Preserving a Hairy Tradition: Maria, West Nusa Tenggara" useful or interesting, please share it with others by bookmarking it at any of the following sites:
del.icio.us:Preserving a Hairy Tradition: Maria, West Nusa Tenggara  digg:Preserving a Hairy Tradition: Maria, West Nusa Tenggara  newsvine:Preserving a Hairy Tradition: Maria, West Nusa Tenggara  furl:Preserving a Hairy Tradition: Maria, West Nusa Tenggara  reddit:Preserving a Hairy Tradition: Maria, West Nusa Tenggara  Y!:Preserving a Hairy Tradition: Maria, West Nusa Tenggara  stumbleupon:Preserving a Hairy Tradition: Maria, West Nusa Tenggara

One Response to “Preserving a Hairy Tradition: Maria, West Nusa Tenggara”

abrar | January 13th, 2011 at 3:29 am | comment link
top comment

I am very glad to find this topic on net as a long hair lover. When long hair is rare now a days, it is very appreciable that women of that village keeping long hair to maintain their tradition. Long live long hair.

Leave a Reply

If you have not commented here before, please take a moment to peruse our
Commenting Guidelines.

Pages
Categories
Travel links
My Links
Monthly Archives