The World of Spirits or Death Behind Kelimutu Lake

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LAKE Kelimutu has three colors that amaze every visitor. This ancient crater does have its own charm. Is anyone fascinated when watching a beautiful natural panorama.

The name “Kelimutu” comes from two words in the local language. “Keli” means lake and “Mutu” means boiling. I don’t know who gave the name for the first time and what inspired him to embed that name.

Before finally being visited by many people, Lake Kelimutu turned out to be very feared by the local community. They consider this place very sacred and save something mystical. Only certain people are able to touch this place.

In the local myths, the three-color lake depicts the world of spirits. White, red, and blue (changing in cycles) describe the world of death. There are secrets of people who have died.

Narrated, a lake that is blue called “Tiwu Nuwa Muri Koo Fai”, is a gathering place for the souls of young people who have died. It is on this blue lake that the soul of the youth ends.


while the red lake “Tiwu Ata Polo”, is the final resting place for those who commit crimes in the world. This red lake can be compared to the concept of several religions as a place for evil souls.

The white lake is described by Tiwu Ata Mbupu as a place for the souls of parents or adults. Most likely this place is also a place for ancestors.

The third myth of the lake has significance for the local community. Even when the colors of the three lakes change, residents must give offerings to people who have died. They must bring offerings in this place.

Like what the myths really are, please visit Lake Kelimutu. This area has been a conservation area since February 26, 1992.

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