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Rena Lebar Village

The village of Rena Lebar is located outside of Bengkulu city. It is positioned between Plajau village and Karang Tinggi village. The road to get Rena Lebar is potted with gravel, rocks and potholes, though surprisingly the road between Rena Lebar and Plajau is in great condition. The meaning of 'Rena Lebar' is not exactly determined, but when asked the locals of the village tell you it means flat land. This could be the case as 'rena' sounds really similar to 'ranah' which means flat or low land. 'Lebar' means wide, so literally speaking Rena Lebar could mean flat, low land. However, if you visit Rena Lebar you will be surprised to find that it is actually quite hilly.

More than five hundred people live in Rena Lebar. The primary occupation, like most of the surrounding villages, is rubber and palm oil farming. They also harvest rice about once a year. People from outside the village come in once a week to buy the harvested rubber and palm oil. The village has one elementary school and a Jr. high school. There are two mosques in the village. High school aged kids typically go to school in Karang Tinggi.
The Lembak language is the primary language in the village. While some people come to live here from outside the village, namely Javanese and Rejang, the Lembak language and traditions are still dominant. People from outside the village are expected to learn and follow the Lembak customs, esp. marriage customs.

The village used to be called Libung Laut, 'libung' being a type of coconut tree and 'laut' meaning ocean or water. The story goes that a tree 'libung' fell into a nearby river 'laut' and that is why it was called as such. The nearby river is called Air Pasemah.

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