According to myth, the original ancestor of the Toraja came down from heaven by way of a star-lit stairway to live in this beautiful part of earth. This myth, told from generation to generation continues until today where the people of Toraja believe that the star- lit stairway down from heaven is a media for people on earth to communicate with Puang Matua (The Only One True God).
Bali’s cremation ceremonies must be some of the most magnificent in the world.
For, to the Balinese, it is only through the cremation of the body that the soul can be released from this temporary vessel to reach the afterlife. And, in order to do so, the correct rites and rituals must be followed, especially when it concerns those of royal lineage. For, at death, the body must b
Annually, on the 20th day of the 10th month on the traditional Sasak Calendar, which falls around February each year, the Sasak people celebrate the traditional ceremony of Bau Nyale. Bau in the Lombok language means “to-catch” and Nyale is a type of sea worm that surfaces only around this time of the year. Therefore, Bau Nyale is the festi
The Randai of the Minangkabau in the highlands of West Sumatra merges story telling with drama, traditional Minangkabau dance, song, music, rhymes, and self defense pencak silat actions. Most intriguing of Randai is that it is always done in a circle, which, according to local wisdom is the symbol of unity, the unbroken link of Minangkabau society with all its traditions and based on Islamic learn