HomeBlogs Nias Stone Jumping Stone jumping (Lompat Batu) represent the tradition in Nias which up to
now still take place. Its original Stone is located in countryside in
Nias archipelago. Intention of this Stone jumping is a sign of maturity.
If he earns to pass stone heap as high as 2 meters more then he is
called adult and earns to marry. On the other hand, if he fails he is
assumed as children. The burned Spirit is also expressed through
attractive stone jump motion. In Cindai, this stone jumping in a series
of artistry of Nias after Faluaya dance.warriors need to pass some test,
one of them such Stone Jumping (Fohombo). During the past, this
activity is showing the maturity of a man (ready to be a skillful and a
great warrior, ready to take responsibility to be a husband, ready to
defense the village or community, ready to die for the people and used
to be meaning to win a war). Also this activity is influenced by the
construction of village in South Nias, mostly traditional village in
South Nias built in hill area to protect them from wild animal, uneasy
access, get more the sun light or still be affected by their belief at
the time which always close to the sun, as well as become as a fortress,
and the village is blocked by trench.
The stone jumper used to
jump over the enemies trench to get in to the trench and opened the
enemies’ gate for his companion. To get in, the warrior need to be
trained and must be a tough guy, so they made a practical through
jumping the stone with height approximately 2 meters However now it used
to attract visitors, or to hold a village celebrations.
Fact About Stone Jumping Stone
jumping is a sport in Nias. This game involves leaping over a stone
wall about 1.5 meters high and about half a meter wide. Young men who
play this game sometimes jump over the wall with a sword in their hand.
Stone jumping was originally used to train warriors to jump over enemy