A Kabeala, pre-1876.
TypeChopper, Machete
Place of originIndonesia (Sumba)
Service history
Used bySumba people
Lengthapproximately 50–60 cm (20–24 in)

Blade typeDrop point blade with convex edge
Hilt typeWater buffalo horn, wood

Kabeala (sometimes Kabela, Kabeàla or Kabiala; which means "Parang" or "Golok" in East Sumba language) is a traditional weapon[1] originating from East Sumba, Indonesia.


The Kabeala has a straight-backed blade with a somewhat convex edge. The blade broadens slightly towards the tip. Its back curves towards the edge at the tip. The hilt is solid, curving halfway at an angle of 45 degrees. The scabbard is straight and has a large number of woven strips to keep both parts together. Its mouth has a slanting protrusion towards the blade's sharp side.[2]


During funerals, a person is chosen to assume the role of a Papanggang (slave) whereby a man would carry a Kabeala while the woman would carry a Kahidi Yutu or Leiding knife.[3][4] The traditional attire of a male Papanggang includes a black Kabeala, a symbol of prince.[5]

See also


  1. ^ Rodney Needham (1987). Mamboru: History And Structure In A Domain In Northwestern Sumba. Clarendon Press. ISBN 0-19-823400-7.
  2. ^ Albert G Van Zonneveld (2002). Traditional Weapons of the Indonesian Archipelago. Koninklyk Instituut Voor Taal Land. ISBN 90-5450-004-2.
  3. ^ Gregory L. Forth (1981). Rindi: An Ethnographic Study Of A Traditional Domain In Eastern Sumba. Martinus Nijhoff. ISBN 90-247-6169-7.
  4. ^ Somogy (2007). Arts & Culture 2006. Somogy. ISBN 978-2-85056-957-9.
  5. ^ "The Life And Death Of Tamu Rambu Yuliana, Princess Of Sumba And Custodian Of The Arts And Treasures Of Rindi" (PDF). Arts & Cultures, Barbier-Mueller Museum. Retrieved 3 June 2014.