• Israeli archaeologists may have found fabled Maccabees tomb

    Israeli archaeologists may be one step closer to solving a riddle that has vexed explorers for more than a century: the location of the fabled tomb of the biblical Maccabees.

  • Graying Japan eyes cheaper gifts for centenarians

    Japan said Thursday it is eyeing a cheaper alternative to the pricey gift that it gives to people turning 100 each year, in a nation famous for its long-living population.

  • Devout

    An Indian Parsi girl prays near relief figures of knights at a fire temple on the Parsi New Year known as Navroze in Mumbai, India, on Tuesday.

  • Mystics dance

    Sudanese Sufi mystics dance and chant during a weekly Sufi religious ceremony at the tomb of Sheikh Hamed al-Nil, a 19th-century Sufi leader of the Qadiri Sufi order, in Khartoum's twin city of Omdurman on Friday. (AFP/Ashraf Shazly)

  • Dance Day

    Dancers perform the Banceuy Spirit Performance to mark International Dance Day at the Banceuy Prison Monument in Bandung, West Java, on Tuesday. International Dance Day is commemorated every April 29. (Antara/Agus Bebeng)

  • In Malang, Hindus keep the ‘ogoh-ogoh’ alive

    There’s a small community of Hindus in Glanggang in Malang, East Java, getting ready to observe Nyepi, or the Hindu Day of Silence, on Saturday by making giant ogoh-ogoh effigies. Even their mostly Muslim neighbors are getting in on the act.

  • Padneçwara’s ‘Ciptoning’ revives old-fashioned charm, wit of ‘wayang orang’

    The Padneçwara dance company brought back the old-fashioned grace and wit of Javanese theater wayang orang in its Ciptoning performance at the Jakarta Playhouse (Gedung Kesenian Jakarta) on Friday, coinciding with the dance troupe’s anniversary.

  • In Pontinanak, a very Dayak batik

    Near the Catholic church on Jl. Pattimura in Pontianak, visitors can find a host of stores selling traditional handicrafts of the province’s Dayak people — along with a surprising addition: batik.

  • Calming ‘wild’ forces of nature

    Cockfighting is an important element of Balinese caru rituals, which are sacrificial rites held prior to any major religious festival.

  • Tulude marks Sangihe regency’s anniversary

    As an expression of gratitude to Mawu Ruata Ghenggona Langi, or Almighty God, the Sangir people held a New Year’s ritual called Tulude on the grounds of the Sangihe Islands regent’s office in North Sulawesi on Jan. 31.

  • Strengthening fraternity through the Reba ritual

    One man fought against another in an arena, but they later embraced to symbolize friendship and fraternity.

  • Welcoming Year of Wooden Goat

    Millions of Indonesians of Chinese descent joyfully celebrated the Chinese Lunar New Year across the country on Thursday. They anxiously welcomed the arrival of the Wooden Goat on Wednesday night with fireworks and colorful lanterns. This Lunar Year is the Year of the Wooden Goat, named after one of the 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac. The Chinese New Year festival is steeped in symbolism and tradition.

  • A celebration of pluralism in Banyuwangi

    US Ambassador to Indonesia Robert Blake celebrated for the first time Thanksgiving Day with members of the Osing ethnic group in Banyuwangi, East Java, as part of a visit in November.

  • France wants to legalize terminal sedation

    France's president wants to allow doctors to keep terminally ill patients sedated until death comes, amid a national debate about whether to legalize euthanasia.

  • Warrior princess

    Miss Tourism of Indonesia 2014, Estelita Liana, wears the warrior princess of Borneo costume during a press conference in Jakarta on Thursday. Estelita won the Best National Costume category in the 2014 Miss Supranational contest, which was held in Krynica Zdroj, Poland on Dec.5. (Antara)

  • In Bali, balancing the universe

    Balinese Hindus believe that prayer is needed to create the power to balance our world as it traverses the Kali Yuga.

  • Malang’s mask dances for modern tastes

    With slow, confident steps, a player portraying Prabu Klono Sewandono danced to the stage, passing guests seated at dining tables.

  • After a tough election, Yogya artists build bridges

    The recently concluded presidential election divided the nation into two camps. A similar schism also separated the nation’s cultural community, leaving tensions among friends and collaborators in the wake of the democratic exercise of the franchise.

  • In traditional twist, cross-gender troupe dances ’legong’

    Backstage concentration is broken by giggles as a group of dancers dot rouge to cheeks, glue false eyelashes like butterfly wings to painted eyelids and dab at perspiration beginning to pour down elegant necks.

  • In praise of puppets

    This is true of parents and puppeteers; apart from the means of reproduction there seems to be little difference. It’s a point proved by the work of Ardian Purwoseputro, the author and principal photographer of a splendidly illustrated text on the subject — Wayang Potehi of Java.