The three lakes all have different names and local people have for centuries believed that the lakes are the spiritual resting place of their ancestors. It is said the lakes change color according to the mood of the spirit – and if that is the case then the souls’ moods are constantly restless.
This is the one where the bad people go, young, old, male or female. Kelimutu itself means Boiling Lake and often visitors can see wreathes of steam rise from the surface of the lakes.
In 1995 a Dutch tourist fell down the precipitous slope in to Tiwu Nua Muri Kooh Fai lake. Although a five day extensive search for his body was conducted his body was never recovered. One can only hope that his spirit joined those of the young men and maidens resident there. People have, though, generally stayed behind the fences since then.
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