Kingdom of Massu Karera / P. Sumba – Nusa Tenggara Timur

The kingdom of Massu Karera. Located on the island of Sumba. Prov. Nusa Tenggara Timur.

Location of Massu Karera


Location of Sumba

* Video history kingdoms on Sumba and NTT, 40.000 BC – today: link

* Foto kings, today on Sumba: link
* Foto kings on Sumba in the past: link
* Foto old sites on Sumba: link


About the king

The Massu Karera Kingdom still has 2 main kings in the area. Raja Massu Karera and the so-called sub-kings of Karera, who are known to his people as their true kings. This is somewhat unique in Sumba, in that the sub-kings are still seen as separate kings.
King Karera who was born in 1922 was Umbu Hunga Meha alias Umbuna Nai Nggaba aka Umbu Manja Nggaharu. It is not known why some Sumba kings have 2, or 3 official names. It says he died in 2012. Was replaced by his brother’s son Umbu Jadar?

YM Andi Muhhamad Oza Tangunu of Kerajaan Parigi, YM king of Tayan, Umbu Nai Pilla of Masukarera, Andi Aspar Arung ididi of Bantayan, Don Y Y Kusa Banunaek, Ir. MT of Amanatun. 2014

About the kingdom of Massu Karera

The kingdom of Massu Karera still has 2 main rajas in it’s area. The raja of total Massu Karera and the so-called sub-raja of Karera, which is known by his people also as their real raja. This is a bit unique on Sumba, that a sub-raja still is seen as a seperate raja.
The in 1922 born raja of Karera was Umbu Hunga Meha alias Umbuna Nai Nggaba alias Umbu Manja Nggaharu. It is unknown, why some rajas of Sumba have 2, or 3 official names. It is said he died in 2012. Succeeded by the son of his brother Umbu Jadar ?

Facts of history

1892 Kerajaan Karera founded
1909 Kerajaan Massu founded
c.1912 Massu connectied with Karera as Massu-Karera.


List of kings Massu Karera

* c.1912 – 1932: Umbu Ndawa Hawula
* 1932 – 1954: Umbu Nengi Landumeha (Umbu Nai amba)
* 1954 – 1962: Umbu Hina Pekambani (Umbu Maramba)

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Mother of the father of Putra Mandala, king Sumba. Wife of Umbu Domu Kabuarang (Umbu Nai Lammik), king Karita of Massu Karera.

The kingdoms on Sumba

Google translation

The people of Sumba generally have no kingdom in their traditional system of government. There are only villages led by a head of each village, customary rules that apply in each village. However, during Dutch colonial rule, to facilitate control, the Dutch began to establish relationships with village heads. They entered into a contract of cooperation, in which each traditional ruler who signed the contract (often called the Short Placard Contract or Korte Verklaring) was officially recognized and called the king and given stick as a sign of power. From here tokko (stick) became popular. There are two types of rods of gold-headed stick (tokko ndoko) given to the main king, and silver-headed stick (tokkoamaho kaka) for auxiliary king.

The king, who had the approval of the Dutch government had to recognize the sovereignty of the Dutch authorities and one of his important duties was to tax the Dutch interests. Thus their sovereignty has actually been under the control of other nations, but de facto the kings remain sovereign and highly respected by their people and through them the Dutch powers the entire community. At first there were the heads of the villages, who did not bow to and against the Dutch government, but because of the strong military strength they finally surrendered and submitted to the power of the Dutch.
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The kingdoms on Sumba are:

Kodi Bangedo: kingdom on south west Sumba
Kodi Bokol: kingdom on south west Sumba
Kodi: kingdom on south west Sumba
Laura: kingdom on south west Sumba
Waijewa: kingdom on south west Sumba
Lauli: kingdom on west Sumba
Wanokaka: kingdom on west Sumba
Gaura: kingdom on west Sumba
Laboya: kingdom on west Sumba
Anakalang, kingdom on central Sumba
Umbu Ratu Nggay: kingdom on central Sumba
Tapundung: kingdom on central Sumba
Mamboru: kingdom on central Sumba
Lawonda: kingdom on central Sumba
Lakoka: kingdom on central Sumba
Rende, Rendi: kingdom on east Sumba
Napu: kingdom on east Sumba
Menyili: kingdom on east Sumba
Melolo: kingdom on east Sumba
Karera: kingdom on east Sumba
Massu: kingdom on east Sumba
Massu Karera: kingdom on east Sumba
Lewa: kingdom on east Sumba
Waijelu: kingdom on east Sumba
Kambera: kingdom on east Sumba
Kanatang: kingdom on east Sumba
Kapunduk, kingdom on east Sumba
Pau, kingdom on east Sumba
Riung, kingdom on east Sumba
Umalulu, kingdom on east Sumba

Traditional domains on Sumba

Old maps of Sumba

For old maps of Sumba, click here

An anonymous map submitted by Arnold de Vlamingh van Oudtshoorn in 1656 double mapping Sumba Island as Nomba and Sandalenbos

Source (only indon. language)

– Kerajaan kerajaan di Sumba:
Sejarah kerajaan Sumba barat:
Sejarah Sumba:
– Sumba masa kolonial:
– Tentang pulau Sumba:
– Suku Sumba:
Suku Sumba:

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