Introduction

A 2km walk or ride from Lagundri along a steep, partially paved road, the traditional village of Hilimaetaniha is one of the quietest on Pulau Nias. Friendly locals sit by their traditional houses, some of them brightly tiled or painted, and children fly kites along the only street. The lompat batu (stone jumping) pylon can still be seen here and there are a number of stone monuments, including a 2m-high stone penis. A long pathway of stone steps leads uphill to the village.