Travelogue

Londa– exciting cave grave

Londa has 3 tier graves on the tall cliff face. If you look carefully, you can see the coffins inside the natural limestone caves (or holes when it is looked form far away).

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Only the nobleman were allowed to be ‘placed’ at higher spot (= higher rank?). Since I am no Spiderman, I couldn’t access the top but yes to the cave at the bottom of the hill.

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The first interesting sight is a balcony with family members ‘gathered’ together and gazed to the open field.

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They are a long row of Tau-tau (tao-tao) sitting in front, and another rom (more eerie because you cannot see their heads clearly) standing at the back row. These are life-like tau tau similar to that I seen at Kete Kesu.

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It is a great way for the descendants to remember their ancestors with 3D statues instead of 2D headshot.

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One of the exciting visit at Londa is to visit the cave grave. There are many guides with kerosene lantern waiting at various part of the compound. Since it is optional, so I did not engage any guide and venture into the cave with my LED light (from my mobile).

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It was interesting to see almost all secluded space have some coffins and skeleton, especially above your heads (on the cracks).

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I was walking alone and eventually bumped into another small tour group, who were enjoying their photo session with two skulls on the ground.

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With good wishes to the inhabitants inside the cave and on the cliff. I said farewell and thank you Londa for such as interesting visit.

I used to explore dark caves at my hometown when I was a kid, so i am used to darkness with little torch light. Do get a guide as they can show you every skull and coffin and tell you some stories behind it. i was rushing for time and have to head back to town before sunset.

(Caution: the floor and rock surface could be slippery, walk with extra care. Some passages could be too narrow if you are not very thin. I did not say that you are fat, or did I?)

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