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‘In the Name of Belief’: RI embraces indigenous religious education

  • Ardila Syakriah

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, December 7 2019   /  12:50 am
Sweet, sweet smile: A follower of the Marapu indigenous faith in Sumba, East Nusa Tenggara, appears in Atas Nama Percaya (In the Name of Belief). The 2019 documentary, which premiered in Jakarta on Nov. 30, traces the history of religious restrictions in Indonesia.(Courtesy of Atas Nama Percaya (In the Name of Belief)/Indonesian Pluralities)(In the Name of Belief). The 2019 documentary, which premiered in Jakarta on Nov. 30, traces the history of religious restrictions in Indonesia.(Courtesy of Atas Nama Percaya (In the Name of Belief)/Indonesian Pluralities)

Sweet, sweet smile: A follower of the Marapu indigenous faith in Sumba, East Nusa Tenggara, appears in Atas Nama Percaya (In the Name of Belief). The 2019 documentary, which premiered in Jakarta on Nov. 30, traces the history of religious restrictions in Indonesia.(Courtesy of Atas Nama Percaya (In the Name of Belief)/Indonesian Pluralities)“In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.”This was the phrase that Retno Lastani uttered as she made the sign of the cross decades ago, when she took Catholicism as a school subject. What she had never uttered, especially in front of her friends, was the fact that she was not Catholic.Retno is an adherent to Kapribaden, an indigenous faith and one of the 188 indigenous registered faiths in Indonesia, although experts say the real figure is larger. It was her biggest secret, and she was afraid...