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Culture

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • ‘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.

  • 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.

  • Pomp for the Prophet in Yogyakarta

    The Yogyakarta Palace, as the successor of the Demak and Mataram sultanates, has always worked to preserve and promote religious ceremonies, albeit with a distinctly Javanese touch.

  • In South Lampung, a very Sundanese New Year

    There is something different about the village of Sumurkumbang, located at the foot of Mount Rajabasa in South Lampung, at the tip of Sumatra.

  • The hidden glory of Dharmasraya Kingdom

    Not many Indonesians know of the Dharmasraya Kingdom and its relics these days. But when they are reminded of the statues of Bhairawa, Amoghapasa and the Pamalayu expedition of 1294, they will surely recall the three historical landmarks of the Nusantara ( archipelago) studied in high school.

  • Blessings up for grabs

    Hundreds of people from various cities in Java and other regions were packed into the tomb of Ki Ageng Balak in Mertan village, Bendosari, Sukoharjo, Central Java, on Sunday.

  • Temples supporting communities

    Heritage and religious tradition run deep in Bali. On the island, temples have been the accidental protectors of ancient crafts and arts, keeping people in jobs in villages across the predominantly Hindu province.

  • A centuries-long task to save PLAOSAN TEMPLE

    At Plaosan Temple, four dwarapala statues can be seen standing, like guards on sentry duty.

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