One of most famous Pasola fields in South Sumba, providing spectacular views of the surrounding countryside
Hobakala is the name of the large pasola field in the Lamboya area a little further west (another district, or sub-district). This vast stretch of land hosts one of the six traditional pasola festivals, a mock-battles on horseback between rivaling villages, held in February and March. The field comes complete with stands, and with tombs, allegedly of people who didn’t survive the pasola – but possibly also tombs of important priests. Hobakala means big lake, but the connection is not clear.
Because of its position on a hill, the field also provides stunning views over the surrounding countryside, in all directions.
Nearby are the villages of Motadawu and Tokahale.