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Parade revives East Nusa Tenggara's Ndora cuisine  

Markus Makur

The Jakarta Post

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Nagekeo, East Nusa Tenggara  /  Fri, October 4, 2019  /  04:56 pm
Parade revives East Nusa Tenggara's Ndora cuisine  

The women marched for about 5 kilometers from the regency office in Mbay, the regency capital of Nagekeo, to Berdikari Square where the literacy festival was held. (JP/Markus Makur)

One thousand women of the Ndora ethnicity in Nangaroro district, Nagekeo regency, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT), took part in a parade celebrating esu kose, a traditional form of cooking, held as part of the 2019 Nagekeo literacy festival on Monday. Wearing traditional costumes of black and dark red tones, they carried on their heads esu kose in clay pots.  The women marched for about 5 kilometers from the regency office in Mbay, the regency capital of Nagekeo, to Berdikari Square where the literacy festival was held. Pagomogo village head Adrianus Aha said that esu kose was a traditional ritual of the Ndora people, held to honor God, ancestors and the universe. The ritual comprised esu and kose. Esu means cooking red rice in a podo awu (clay pot), while kose means grilling meat on bamboo.  During the ritual, esu and kose are conducted together in mutual cooperation. ...