Did you know that Flores Island has a tourist spot for Lodok spider web rice fields? The rice fields are an attraction that has succeeded in attracting tourists from various regions and countries.
However, the unique rice field design turns out to have a deeper story than just resembling a spider’s web. For tourists who have often stopped by in NTT, Manggarai Regency is one of the destinations they don’t miss, such as Labuan Bajo.
Unique Design of Cobweb Rice Fields, Full of Philosophy
Lodok easy to access from Ruteng because it is still in the Cancar area. It takes only 20 minutes to reach the area which is also known as Cancar spider web rice field. Then when they arrive at Lodok, tourists can see the rice fields from a height.
Because it is so unique, some people even compare the Lodok design with crop circle in fields or plantations that are said to be the work of aliens.
However, making Lodok did not come from mere fad or trend. Apparently, the design of the spider web rice field is a masterpiece inherited from the ancestors of the Manggarai people. Lodok itself is a rice field distribution system that the Manggarai people have been doing for a long time.
Zero point in the middle of rice fields or Lingko determine the calculation determination. The person handling division will draw a long line from Lingko to the outer plane or cicing.
This procedure follows the philosophy of making a spider’s web which will make the inside or middle of the Lodok smaller than the outside which is wider.
It is the authority of Tu’a Teno who will take care of the pattern of dividing the rice fields. They are traditional leaders who have an important task in making Lodok. Before the process begins, Tu’a Teno will hold a Tente Ritual by sticking wood or teno at the central point which will become the spider web field.
Apart from following the rare spiders, it is said that the making of Lodok is also based on a formula moso or fingers. The calculation also adjusts the number of inherited land recipients and their descendants.
Apart from that, formulas moso determined that village officials such as Tu’a Teno and Tu’a Golo were the priority who received the largest share of rice fields. After that, the commoners from the tribe and outside the tribe would get smaller portions.
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The popularity of Sawah Jaring Laba-Laba Lodok is inseparable from tourists who recommend the place to their friends. Some people who are good at capturing scenery in photos often upload them to social media such as Facebook and Twitter.
So don’t be surprised if when you come to the spider web rice fields, you will find other tourists who are busy taking pictures or just admiring them from a height.
Those of you who want to stop by Lodok will usually get directions to access one of the entrances in Cancar. Then, you can park the vehicle and continue the journey on foot. Also prepare ten thousand to twenty thousand rupiah as maintenance costs to the land owner.
To reach Lodok, you also have to walk hundreds of meters up to the incline. However, the feeling of fatigue will immediately disappear as soon as you reach an altitude that shows the spider web rice fields.
Don’t forget to bring drinks and snacks to fill your energy, because at this location there are no stalls for coffee and food. But, of course the view is enough to spoil you, right? So, come visit here soon.