Coordinates: ID 3°35′32″S 128°20′6″E / 3.59222°S 128.33500°E / -3.59222; 128.33500Coordinates: ID 3°35′32″S 128°20′6″E / 3.59222°S 128.33500°E / -3.59222; 128.33500
Country Indonesia
Province Maluku
Regency Central Maluku
Kecamatan Leihitu Barat

Tulehu is a village in Leihitu Barat kecamatan, Central Maluku Regency, Maluku Province, Indonesia.[1]

Residence of Teluhu and surrounding areas speak the Tulehu language, which differs slightly in dialect from one village to the next.


Despite its small size Tulehu is known to be the birthplace of many famous Indonesian footballers. Footballers who come from Telehu include Hendra Bayauw, Hasyim Kipuw, Dani Lestaluhu, Alfin Tuasalamony, and Imran Nahumarury. The government plans to spend 2 billipn Rps in the coming years to further develop Tulehu's talent.[2][3] So strong is the passion for football in Tulehu that all economically stable residents must donate a ball every year to the local organization so that all the children will have a chance to practice.[4]

In film

The 2014 Indonesian film Cahaya Dari Timur: Beta Maluku was based on a book called Jalan Lain ke Tulehu (other way to Tulehu). Both the book and film deal with the Maluku sectarian conflict and aftermath, with the book being written by a journalist who was trapped in Tulehu while it was happening. The film is about the events and details how football suffered during the conflict but also helped rebuild afterwards. Most of the scenes and actors from Cahaya Dari Timur: Beta Maluku are from Tulehu.[5]

Culture and Religion

Men praying at the Mosque, 1980
Girls praying at the Mosque, 1980
Woman selling medicine on the street, 1980

All of the residents of Tuhlehu are Muslim with Islam playing a prominent role in public and private life. The Mesijd Jelu Tulehu is the biggest mosque and building in the city.


  1. "Tulehu, Maluku, Indonesia". Nona.net.
  2. Tjahjo Sasongko, ed. (23 February 2016). "Tulehu, Kampung Sepakbola di Maluku". Kompas.com (in Indonesian). Olahraga. Retrieved 14 September 2016.
  3. Widodo Groho Triatmojo (26 May 2016). "Tulehu, Brasil-nya Indonesia Pencetak Pemain Sepak Bola Berbakat" (in Indonesian). Retrieved 14 September 2016.
  4. "Geliat Negeri Tulehu setelah Dinobatkan sebagai Kampung Sepak Bola". JPNN.com (in Indonesian). JPNN. 11 March 2015. Retrieved 14 September 2016.
  5. Faisal Fathur. "jalan lain ke tulehu dan agama baru yang bernama sepak bola (on the road to Tulehu and the new religion named Soccer)" (in Indonesian). Marxisme dan Sastra (Marxism and Literature). Retrieved 14 September 2016.
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