Kissing The Nose, A Unique Tradition In Sabu Raijua, East Nusa Tenggara, Parinseja.com – Every country and region has a tradition of welcoming or greeting the other people. For example hugging, sticking out tongues, and shaking hands. In Indonesia, people generally welcome or greet the others by shaking hands. But there is a unique tradition in Sabu Raijua, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) in welcoming or greeting other people.
The people of Sabu Raijua have a tradition of kissing the nose. This tradition becomes a form or a way to greet the others. And this tradition also as a greeting introduction and expression of affection.
In the local language, the tradition of kissing the nose is called Henge’do. The people of Sabu usually do Henge’do when welcoming or meeting with the others.
This unique tradition in Sabu Raijua has meaning as a form of intimacy. And also have a sense of attachment between one another as a brother.
The people of Sabu believe that the nose is a means of breathing that means life. So, the people of Sabu Raijua interpreted the unique tradition of kissing the nose as a thing that can solidify the sense of brotherhood one another. Although only in the first met.
People in Sabu can done this unique tradition in Sabu Raijua anytime, anywhere and to anyone. They are do a tradition of kissing the nose regardless of gender, status, age, and social strata.
People done Henge’do by attaching the nose to each other. As the nose sticks, the forehead is also attached to each other, and both eyes meet each other.
Besides having the meaning of brotherhood, Henge’do also as a tribute to an elderly person.
The tradition of kissing the nose was not just in Sabu Raijua. In the most of East Nusa Tenggara such as in Sumba, Rote, Timor also done this unique tradition. In some countries in the world also do the tradition of kissing the nose. It’s like in Alaska, Saudi Arabia, and New Zealand.