Photographer's Note

Nestled in the mountains on the island of Flores, lies a unique sight - rice fields divided in the shape of a spider's web- probably the only one in the world...

Unlike common rice fields in Indonesia and the rest of the world, the rice field here in Cancar, Ruteng - Manggarai distrcit is very unique. When viewed up close, it is just similar to common rice field. However, when viewed from above, the paddy fields look like a spider web. It’s not just one out there, but many.

Appreciate the fact that each pie segment belongs to a family and then many pie segments form a sector to make up a clan. So each spiderweb fields are made up of different clans. So this is actually a traditional distribution system which dates back hundreds of years, for everyone in the village who have a land in that place. In general, the distribution of the land is determined by the status of a person in the village and the number of families; the higher one’s position and the greater the number of family members, the greater the soil they get. Accidentally, the division of this lands forms a spider web when viewed from above.

The middle of the spiderweb field is where some sacrificial rituals - killing a buffalo are made to reflect their gratitude of God's providence for the harvest. Indeed a unique eye-catcher and very interesting how the Manggarai people came up with an unusual system of planting the fields to ensure that it is fair to every one in the village.

This was taken three months before harvesting when the unique shapes are filled with diff shades of fresh green

Setting: 50 mm, 1/100 sec, F7.1, ISO Raw 100, 1019 hrs

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