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New book invites readers to explore Indonesian culture

Ni Nyoman Wira
Ni Nyoman Wira

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Sat, May 20, 2017  /  03:03 pm
New book invites readers to explore Indonesian culture

Released on May 18, the book encourages readers to view culture as more than just a tradition. (Shutterstock/File)

Those who are curious about how science and Indonesian culture collide can consider reading Kode-kode Nusantara (Archipelago Codes), a book written in collaboration between culture enthusiast community Sobat Budaya and research institute for complexity Bandung Fe Institute.

Released on Thursday, the book encourages readers to view culture as more than just a tradition. It is based on more than 33,000 data gathered by Sobat Budaya on Perpustakaan Digital Budaya Indonesia (Indonesian Culture Digital Library), as well as research and innovations conducted over a span of 14 years.

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The book also highlights a scientific discovery behind the country’s diverse culture, suggesting that there is a connection between each and every one of Indonesia’s 17,000 islands, 1,200 tribes and 726 languages, which can be in a form of health, politics, math or cultural point of view. One example can be found in traditional houses, starting from the form -- whether it is a wooden-stilt house or not, using what materials -- to what influences they involve in terms of architecture.

Other findings are also revealed in the book, among them the mathematical aspect of Borobudur, the history behind batik truntum, the mathematical complexity of traditional songs and the “Tree of Life” philosophy across the archipelago, as quoted by tribunnews.com.

Kode-kode Nusantara can be purchased in local bookstores for about Rp 80,000 (US$5). (kes)