Though the people of Indonesia have for centuries been converted to Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity or Catholicism, which are the main religions in the country, the majority of the population still believes in and uphold some form of ancient traditions once practiced by their ancestors. These traditions are based on the belief in supernatural powers, mythology and myth, and are centered ar
There are many ways to express gratitude, one of which being through a series of rituals. Gawai Dayak is an example of this. This routine ritual is from the Dayak tribe around Pontianak, West Kalimantan and has been part of their tradition for many decades now. The essence of this ceremony is as an expression of gratitude to Jubata (God) for the abundant harvest, and also petitioning that the next
Sea offering ceremonies are not something uncommon to many of Indonesian societies who inhabit the coastal areas of the many islands. Along Central Java’s northern coast, the sea offering traditions is celebrated 7 days after the Islamic religious festivities of Eid Al Fitri and is known as Lomban. Although it is celebrated in many towns along Central Java’s northern coastal citi
Mount Bromo in the BromoTengger-Semuru National Park in East Java is yet another one of Indonesia’s internationally popular tourist destinations and one of the most visited attractions in East Java. This unique volcanic mountain possesses a magnificent panoramic view and a mystical atmosphere unlike any other. With a cloud of smoke billowing from its crater, and its rugged surface rising hig
The Kecak Dance is an especially unique and possibly the most dramatic of all Balinese dances. A combination of dance and drama, the Kecak dance depicts the Hindu epic, “Ramayana,” that tells the story of Prince Rama, who with the help of the monkey-like Vanara defeats the evil King Ravana to rescue his Princess Sita. Kecak also has roots in Sanghyang, a sacred ritual based on the idea
If you think that the fabled island of Bali is the only place to witness the captivating age-old Hindu ritual traditions, you may want to turn your attention to a secluded beach on the south coast of Malang in the province of East Java, called the Balekambang Beach.
Every year, three days before Nyepi, - the Hindu Balinese New Year, Hindus from around the Malang region (Malang city, Malang R
During the last Monday or Thursday of the Javanese month of Syura or Muharam in the Islamic calendar, the coast of Pangandaran in the Ciamis Regency of West Java comes alive with vibrant festivities, as fishermen in the area gather for the annual traditional ritual ceremony known as “Hajat Laut”.
Literally translated meaning “Sea Fiesta”, the ceremony is a symbol of gratitud
The Topeng or Mask Dance on the island of Bali is one of the most popular dance-drama loved by the Balinese as it tells about local lore and historical tales of royal lineage performed in scenes of every day life.
The Topeng dance is both entertaining at the same time it instills profound wisdom. It has both slapstick comedy and sophisticated refinement.
Popular comedy and wisdom is presented by the
Since August 2012 when archaelogists discovered a gaping hole of 2 meters underneath the temple of Bima, the temple has been cordoned off for restoration.
Bima is one of eight small temples in the Arjuna temple complex that dot the surreal landscape of the Dieng Plateau in Central Java, located some 2,093 meters above sea level. Built between 750 AD to 809 AD , the Dieng temples are the ol
Annually, every 10 Dzulhidjah according to the Islamic Calendar, on the Islamic religious day of Eid Al Adha, the town of Demak in Central Java revives its former glory as an important Cradle in the spread of Islam on Java through the Grebeg Besar festivities
In the Javanese language, Grebeg means to be assembled or gather and Anggrebeg is a term used for a procession of the King and royal family