FLORES CULTURE

FLORES CULTURE

The island’s 1.9 milion people are divided  into five main linguistic and cultural  groups.  From west to east ,these are  the Manggarai 
[main town Ruteng] , the Ngada [bajawa] , the closely related Ende and
Lio peoples [Ende ] the  Sikkanese
[Maumere] and the Lamaholot [Larantuka].in remote areas especially those  accessible 
only by trail ,some older  people
don’t speak a word of Bahasa  Indonesia
,and their parents grew up in purely  
animist societies .Around 85%  of
the people are chatolic, but in rural 
areas Christianity is welded  onto
adat .Animist rituals  are still used for  births , marriages and deaths , and to mark
important points in the agricultural calendar. 
Even educated,  English-pseaking
Florenese participate in the odd chicken, pig or buffalo sacrifice to the
ancestors when rice is  planted. Muslims
congregate in fishing villages  and
coastal  towns such as ende [where they
make  up half the population] and Labuan
Bajo.