Kingdom of Labala / Isl. of Lembata – Prov. Nusa Tenggara Timur

The Kingdom of Labala is situated in the Province of Nusa Tenggara Timur, on the island of Lembata.

Location island of Lembata


Lokation island of Lembata

* Foto tribes on Lembata: link

* Video history kingdoms on Lembata and Nusa Tenggara Timur, 40.000 BC-today: link


About the king

Last king: Crown Prince Raja Ibrahim Baha Mayeli (1926).

History of the kings of Labala

King Mayeli was the first king of the Labala kingdom. King Mayeli came from the forefront of batan when there happened a belebu lebu or tsunami.
In Labala, from King Mayeli came two clans: Mayeli Atulolon and Mayeli Atulangun.
Mayeli Atulolon performed the role of heir to the throne of the king or head of the kingdom government, while the tribe of Mayeli Atulangun performed the role of adviser of the king, the practitioner of the customary ritual, the holder of the secret story of the king’s history.

Genealogi of Suku Mayeli Atulolon:

1. raja mayeli
2. raja pada mayeli
3. raja sare mayeli
4. raja kiwan mayeli
5. raja atageha
6. raja baha mayeli
7. raja ibrahim baha mayeli

Genealogi of Suku Mayeli Atulangun:

1. raja mayeli
2. hajon mayeli
3. ola mayeli
4. hajon ola mayeli
5. ola hajon mayeli
6. bela hajon mayeli
7. yahya hajon mayeli

Untik now the clan / tribe Mayeli is one of the three clans / major tribes in Labala in addition to the Labala tribe as Lewotanah Alap (landlord) and Lamalewar tribe as Atabreket (warlord).
– Sumber:

History of the kingdom of Labala

Historically, the Kingdom of Labala belonged to the Solor Watan Lema (Five Kingdom of Islamic Brotherhood) kingdom communities such as Kerajaan Terong, kerajaan Lemahala, Kerajaan Lohayong, Kerajaan Lamakera, dan Kerajaan Labala.

Kampung Lebala in the pre-colonial era, was a kingdom that ruled over 18 villages on the island of Lembata, among others, Lusilame Village, Nuba Haeraka, Atakore, Lerek, Alap Atadei, Leba Ata, Atalojo, Atakore, Karangora. These villages are now spread in two districts namely, Atadei and Wulandoni districts.
In pre-Islamic times the kingdom of Labala was successively led by King Mayeli, King On Mayeli, King Sare, Kiwan Gelu Ama or King Atageha, King Baha Mayeli (1897-1926) and King Ibrahim Baha Mayeli, as the last king who ruled in 1926- 1945, and continued until the time of the United States of Indonesia (RIS).
Just a note, King Kiwan Gelu Ama named original Atageha (others) because the King came from Clan Lamarongan, not clan tribe Mayeli. Thus it can be said, the descendant of King Labala after King Kiwan Gelu Ama (Atageha) is not the original tribe of Mayeli.

During the reign of King Baha Mayeli, the Fifth Lebala King (1897-1926), Lebala has come to know Islam, through merchants coming from the kingdom of Terong and Lamahala, two kingdoms on the island of Adonara whose inhabitants first embraced Islam.

King of Labala: Baha Mayeli (1896-1926), father of King Ibrahim Baha Mayeli. 

Raja Ibrahim Mayeli (raja terakhir Kerajaan Lebala)

List of kings

During the pre-Islam period, the kingdom of Labala was reigned by:

* Raja Mayeli,
* Raja Pada Mayeli,
* Raja Sare,
* Kiwan Gelu Ama or Raja Atageha,
* 1897-1926: Raja Baha Mayeli and
* 1926-1945: Raja Ibrahim Baha Mayeli, as last king, until the Republik of Indonesia Serikat (RIS).

King Kiwan Gelu Ama‘s real name was Atageha, because the King came from the clan / tribe Lamarongan, not from the clan Mayeli. Thus it can be said, that the descendants of the King Labala after King Kiwan Gelu Ama (Atageha) are not from the original Mayeli tribe.

(foto 2011) From right to left: King Amam Kelake, kingdom of Lohayong, king Nuhur Adi Pehang, kingdom of Lamahala, king Ibrahim Tuan Dasy, kingdom of Lamakera, king Ibrahim Baha Mayeli, kingdom of Labala and king Bapa Pukeng kingdom of Terong.

History of Lembata island

The people of Lembata are, like many other inhabitants of Eastern Indonesia, famous for their handmade ikat weavings.
The national language, Indonesian, is known by many people of all ages, but like on other islands the national language coexists with many local languages. The most widespread and most widely understood of these is probably Lamaholot (another lingua franca inside the Solor archipelago). Lamaholot is spoken as a native language on Eastern Flores and Western Solor, and is itself divided into ten or more sublanguages (and many more dialects). It is spoken by 150.000 or more people in the region. Some of those sublanguages are indeed very distinct from Lamaholot, i.e. the Atadei language of Atadei District (Kecamatan Atadei), which again is subclassified as Eastern and Western Atadei, the former being spoken in Atalojo for example, the latter in Kalikasa. A very distinct language spoken in the eastern part of the island is Kedang.

Map of the kingdoms of Adonara, Lohayong, Lamakera, Terong, Lamahala, Labata
(click for larger)

Source (only indon. language)

Raja Labala, Mayeli atau Lamarongan ?: link
– Sumber daftar raja:  link


Javanese word-Inscription of teak wood with letter pallawa (ancient Java). This inscription is now stored in Traditional House Tribe Mayeli Atulolon.


Ua Kote Belao / bloo-Head of gold rod owned by the Kingdom of Labala bearing the weapon of the Queen of the Netherlands Wilhelmina II, and the golden necklace (beloo) relics of Labala Kingdom.


Traditional whaling has been ongoing since ancestors. This hunt is carried out by heredity by Lamalera residents on Lembata Island,

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