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‘Perang topat’ reflects Islam-Hindu tolerance in West Lombok

  • Panca Nugraha

    The Jakarta Post

West Lombok | Mon, December 26 2011 | 10:00 am
‘Perang topat’ reflects Islam-Hindu tolerance in West Lombok

PREMIUM While war is normally identical with hatred, blood and death, perang topat (or rice cake throwing) in West Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara (NTB), is a ritual “war” that symbolizes brotherhood and tolerance between Muslims and Hindus.
The ‘bullet’: Women carry the topat before the cakes are distributedto residents. A procession of topat (or rice cakes) takes place before thebeginning of peran...