Lamaholot people

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Lamaholot people
COLLECTIE TROPENMUSEUM Jonge mannen van Solor in krijgskostuum Oost-Flores TMnr 10006079.jpg
Young men of Solor in military costume, East Flores.
Total population
Regions with significant populations
 Indonesia (East Nusa Tenggara)
Lamaholot language, Lewotobi language, Adonara language, Larantuka Malay, Indonesian language
Roman Catholicism (predominantly), Islam, Folk religion
Related ethnic groups
Manggarai people, Sika people

The Lamahalot or Solor people are an indigenous tribe located on Flores Island, Indonesia, and some smaller islands around it (Solor, Adonara, and Lomblen). Lamaholot people speak the Lamaholot language with different dialects, the number of speakers counts between 150,000 and 200,000.[2] Those who live on mainland Flores can speak Bahasa Nagi (Larantuka Malay) as well.

Most Lamaholot people are Roman Catholics.[3] Some of them are Muslims or devotees of a traditional monotheistic religion who believe in a god whom they call Lera Wulan Tanah Ekan (The combined power of the Sun, Moon, and Earth).[4][5] Lamaholot's famous traditional dance is a war dance known as Hedung.[6]


  1. ^ "Lamaholot, Solorese in Indonesia". Joshua Project. Retrieved 2015-01-18. 
  2. ^ Nishiyama, Kunio; Kelen, Herman (2007). A Grammar of Lamaholot, Eastern Indonesia: The Morphology And Syntax of The Lewoingu Dialect. Lincom Europa. ISBN 978-3-89586-714-9. 
  3. ^ "Lamaholot people". Joshua Project. Retrieved 2014-09-16. 
  4. ^ Wayan Agus Purnomo (21 November 2015). "WISATA PANTAI: Legenda Naga Kepala Tujuh di Laut Flores". Tempo. Retrieved 2016-11-01. 
  5. ^ Urte Undine Frömming (2006). Naturkatastrophen: kulturelle Deutung und Verarbeitung. Campus Verlag. ISBN 35-933-8004-8. 
  6. ^ S. Peku Djawang (1987). Mosaik Pariwisata Nusa Tenggara Timur. Dinas Pariwisata Propinsi Daerah Tingkat I Nusa Tenggara Timur. 
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