Followers of Sunda Wiwitan, one of the countless indigenous faiths in Indonesia, have survived colonial oppression and purges of non-official religions by the authoritarian New Order regime. The Jakarta Post writer Corry Elyda takes a look at how the small communities scattered across West Java and Banten provinces have stood the test of time.

by Corry Elyda

Braving a night drizzle and chill, people from all walks of life flocked to Paseban Tri Panca Tunggal, an iconic cultural center of Kuningan, a hilly West Java town 245 kilometers east of Jakarta, for the ritual sacrifice of a cow. After a while, the congregation proceeded to the iconic complex’s main building. Women were dressed in kebaya (traditional blouses) and batik while the men wer...