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'Ondel-Ondel': An almost extinct Betawi legacy

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta | Mon, June 23 2008 | 10:35 am
'Ondel-Ondel': An almost extinct Betawi legacy

PREMIUM ELECTRIFYING EFFIGIES: Dancers accompanied by modern electric ondel-ondel (giant effigies) spice up the Jakarta Fashion and Food Festival. Ondel-Ondel, Betawi icons, were once used to protect Betawi people from bad luck but are now often used in the cultural festivities. For over 23 years Andi Suwandi has devoted his life to the nearly extinct ondel-ondel, gigantic Betawi "human pupp...