• With lessons for today, movies bring back the '50s

    Fear of unexpected strikes from overseas. Battles over First Amendment rights. Simmering tensions of inequality.

  • Hundreds of ancient masks displayed in Yogyakarta

    About 500 ancient masks from many regions across Indonesia are being displayed at the Sonobudoyo Museum in Yogyakarta from Nov. 20 to 29.

  • Norwegian returns 2 stolen stone statues to Cambodia

    Cambodia welcomed the return on Tuesday of two stone statues from the Angkor period that were looted during the country's civil war and taken to Europe, where they spent the past three decades.

  • 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)

  • ‘Meugang’: Aceh’s way of welcoming Ramadhan

    For Acehnese people, beef is the most sought-after meat a day before the holy month of Ramadhan kicks off.

  • ‘Permata Jawa’ Anger and rage in the land of the Javanese

    What happens when a member of Javanese royalty who has passion for the arts decides to translate current social issues into a performance?

  • A very sacred Dayak ritual

    The Dayak people of Simpang Hulu, Ketapang regency hold the nungkat gumi ritual once every seven years, hoping to exorcise evil spirits and rid the community of evil.

  • Healing sacrifice

    Ignoring the call of her gods could have cost her life, says Jero Permas Wayan as she deep fries rice cakes over a wood fire.

  • 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)

  • Spreading moral messages in modern-day ‘wayang’

    In an era when wayang performances are barraged with pop music and slapstick comedy, some puppeteers stay true to wayang’s philosophical messages and keep innovating to lure audiences.

  • In Bantul, taking out the trash for bigger harvests

    Mapak toyo means “greeting” or “welcoming water”. It’s also a ritual conducted by farmers in Bantul, Yogyakarta, to remove mounting rubbish, particularly plastic trash, in irrigation channels.

  • Tamil ritual of body piercing in Deli Serdang

    Murti’s face looked very tense, his clenched fists showing white knuckles as his cheeks were about to be pierced with a long iron rod.

  • A dream from the dead in Tanjung Maju

    In the rapoh ritual, the skulls and bones of the dead are moved from one final resting place to another. It is rarely done — perhaps once in a hundred years, according to those who live in Tanjung Maju, about a seven-hour drive from Pontianak.

  • 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.