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7 February 2011

Raja Ampat, meaning ‘ the Four Kings’, is the name given to these mystical islands and pristine seas in West Papua, the name derived from a local myth. The four major islands here are Waigeo, Misool, Salawati, and Batanta. The size of this marine park is enormous, as it covers more than 9.8 million acres of beautiful scenery, both above and below the surface. Divers claim that Raja Ampat is the best place in the world to observe manta rays, dugongs, wobbegongs walking sharks, and the legendary pygmy seahorses. Photographers also praise the beauty above the surface.

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Raja Ampat Trip
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Wooden outrigger boats are ready at the pier in the serene fishermen’s village of Sarpokreng, locally meaning the ‘Leaning Point’, in Raja Ampat, Indonesia.(Photo by Anggun Nugraha/www.indonesia.travel)

Sindangbarang, a village not too far from Bogor sought to restore its ancient tradition as the final procession of Seren Taun Guru Bumi took place on Monday, January 23rd , 2011. After a week full of sacred ceremonies, the procession came to a pinnacle with the harvest parade or the helaran dongdang followed by the rice mating or Majikeun Pare in the heart of the Sindangbarang Cultural Village. As a tradition that dated back to the age of Padjadjaran Kingdom, the Seren Taun Guru Bumi Ceremony was not merely a series of sacred rituals, but also a time of festivities. Villagers and crowds from everywhere could join in and mingle in this annual celebration. The celebration was also a time where nature and God are praised, cultures are honored, and wisdoms are passed down.

Photo by Andika Saputra/www.indonesia.travel.

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Seren Taun Guru Bumi Sindangbarang
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Farmer and his buffaloes plowed the paddy field, preparing fresh soil for new crops to grow as the tranquil village of Sindangbarang beautifully decorated the horizon (photo documentation by Andika Saputra/www.indonesia.travel).