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Culture

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Performing Bali on Wall Street

    Three dancers rehearse in an unfinished industrial space in downtown New York. The concrete floor is painted with an elaborate pattern of circles and squares that simulates the Balinese tika calendar.

  • The sleeping beauty slumbers still

    According to the city managers of Old Town (Kota Tua), there are hundreds of heritage buildings in Kota Tua, owned by state-owned companies, private companies and individuals.

  • A bloodline of legend and legacy

    At first appearance, Bali in the 21st century has been blighted by the same issues facing much of Indonesia and dozens of other nations.

  • The beauty, ritual and art of Dayak dance

    The renowned choreographer Dedy Lutan recently presented his latest work, Hutan Pasir Sunyi, or The Silent Sand Forest, at Galeri Indonesia Kaya in the Grand Indonesia shopping center in Central Jakarta.

  • Demystifying ‘kerokan’ a Surakarta palace healing tradition

    Kerokan— or scraping the skin with oil and a coin —is a traditional Javanese healing therapy.

    Some, however, say the therapy might be harmful, causing skin to thin and opening up pores and blood vessels.

  • Sacred dagger

    Kris have been forged from iron by master craftsmen, known locally as empu, for hundreds of years.

  • Amid the winds of change

    The Ternate sultanate in Maluku has played an important role in the history of Indonesia.

    In its heyday, the sultanate was a magnet for Portuguese and Spanish colonists who were eager to fight and die for the chance to control its strategic position and natural resources.

  • Making batik, Druju style

    Several women are singing out of tune, breaking the prevailing silence, while their skillful hands draw with ink — following the lines and motifs on silk fabrics.

  • ‘Ogoh-ogoh’ dolls keep tradition alive

    Over the past several years, some Balinese have turned their hands to making miniature ogoh-ogoh dolls for local children.

  • Dancing demons of Nyepi

    Come Monday, demons hiding under beds scaring little children, rattling behind kitchen pots and breaking bathroom mirrors will have been banished from Bali.

  • The making of a Dayak shaman

    For the Dayak Samanakng community in Ketapang, West Kalimantan, a visit to the local shaman, or boretn, has been a tradition for centuries.

  • Kecak’s origin: The dance that saved a village

    Banging buckets, whacking kettles and clashing cymbals.

    Making enough racket to wake the dead was the only method available to Bona villagers if they wanted to ward off deadly disease in the early 20th century.

  • ‘DRUPADI’: The classic role of women

    Master gamelan musician and composer Rahayu “Panggah” Supanggah has been on a new project that he sees as a challenge.

  • In Timika, women work to save the ‘noken’

    A noken woven bag is one of the best known pieces of Papua’s cultural heritage — and is a symbol of good life, peace and fertility.

  • A pact to save ‘subak’

    As hectare after hectare of productive farmland is lost to housing and hotels each year in Bali, one community is bucking the trend, making a promise to conserve their traditionally irrigated subak rice farms.

  • In Solo, a Chinese and Javanese melange

    Eight people carrying two huge piles (gunungan) of kue keranjang were recently seen running along Jl. Urip Sumoharjo to reach Tien Kok Sie Chinese Temple in Pasar Gede in Surakarta (Solo), Central Java.

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