chapter  2
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The story of ebu gogo

Named ‘ebu gogo’, the wildmen of Nage are reputed once to have inhabited a cave located high on the northern slope of Ebu Lobo, a large and active volcano in south central Flores. People of the Nage region of ‘Ua (see Map 2) encountered ebu gogo several generations ago, when they moved from Wolo ‘Ua, an area further to the west. Before this, Nage say, no one lived in the present territory of ‘Ua, nor anywhere near the wildmen’s cave. Although associated with ‘Ua, stories of ebu gogo are known elsewhere in the Nage region, including the vicinity of Bo’a Wae, the main Nage village located about 3 kilometres to the west of ‘Ua.1