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Gospel in West Kutai pluralist regency

Jakarta   /   Fri, March 8 2013   /  11:49 am

Icons: Figurines of Christ and the Blessed Virgin on sale at a booth in the Dahau Sendawar Cultural Festival in West Kutai Regency, East Kalimantan. The religious symbols are evidence of the long history of Catholic missionary work in the pluralist regency.Apart from the cultural and religious diversity in West Kutai, where Catholic missionaries preached the gospel and built schools for the Dayak people in interior regions over a century ago, this East Kalimantan regency is also home to black orchids (Coelogyne pandurata) and clouded leopards (Neofelis diardi borneensis), now in an endangered state.

It takes about 45 minutes from Sepinggan International Airport, Balikpapan, East Kalimantan, by a private chartered flight to Melalan Airport, West Kutai. Besides a 10-hour drive from Balikpapan, visitors can also fly by two airline companies’ Cessna aircraft to West Kutai, also kno...