“Konde… Ratu… We want to see you…”
Dino taught us what the local people say every time they want to see the lakes of Kelimutu, often shrouded in thick mist more than 1,600 meters above sea level in the southeastern part of Flores. Konde, the mythical father of the lakes, and Ratu, the mother, reside in two of the tree colored lakes that first caught my attention as a kid in the 1990s. It was the old 5,000 rupiah banknote which started my curiosity of the three brightly-colored mountain lakes – keli is mountain and mutu is lake in the local language – in a faraway, exotic island.
Local people believe that upon death, people’s souls would eternally rest in one of the lakes, determined by their age and what they did in life. Tiwu Nuwa Muri Ko’o Fai is the resting place for the spirits of…
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